Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and Who Is at Fault?

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Motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable when an accident happens. With less protection and stability, motorcycle collisions can result in severe injuries and damage to the bike or other personal property. Before getting your bike on the road, it is essential to understand the leading causes of motorcycle accidents and proper motorcycle safety to help avoid crashes.

Even the best-prepared riders can still get in a crash. If you happen to get in an accident, knowing who may be at fault is important so an injured rider can pursue appropriate legal action if desired. Our motorcycle accident lawyers explain common accidents and how to determine the party at fault.

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Common causes of motorcycle accidents and determining the at-fault party

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Knowing what often causes a crash can help riders to avoid them and be prepared as much as possible when unfavorable conditions present themselves. Here are some common causes of motorcycle accidents and who would likely be at fault in each event.

1.Left-Turning Cars

Motorcycles are smaller than cars, so they may be harder for passenger vehicle drivers to see. When making a left turn, a driver must make sure that no vehicles are coming from the other lane. However, a driver who doesn’t see a motorcycle may assume that the last car to pass means the way is clear and causes a collision.

In such a scenario, the driver would be at fault for the crash. These accidents happen more in rural areas but sometimes in urban areas as well.


When a rider takes a sharp turn at a high rate of speed, the bike may touch the road, which causes the operator to lose control and crash. Typically, crashes related to unsafe riding occur with inexperienced riders who may not understand how quickly a road can change or how well a bike can handle a turn. In some cases, simply riding out the turn and letting the bike come out of it on its own can avoid a crash.

In such a scenario, the rider is considered at fault for the crash. Roads can change quickly from straight to curved anywhere, and drivers must be moving at speeds that allow for the conditions of the road.


If a car runs over a little bit of gravel or encounters a patch of slick road, the car could get past that disturbance with no issue. However, if a motorcycle encounters gravel or slippery roads suddenly, it could result in a crash. This is most likely true even if a rider is experienced or has a bike lower to the ground. Sometimes, even a small loss of traction can be very dangerous.

In some cases, the fault for such an accident could be on the local jurisdiction. If a party was responsible for keeping a road clear of debris and failed to do so, they could be liable for the accident. However, in other cases, no one may officially be at fault for the crash.

4.Bad Weather

Extremely windy weather could cause a bike to wobble as it is being operated. Snow, ice, or rain can also cause poor road conditions that are unsafe for riding. When such weather occurs without warning, it may be difficult or impossible for riders to get off the road or make other adjustments until they are able to get to safety. Wet or icy roadways may be more challenging to stop on, so riders should increase their following distance whether riding on rural roads, urban streets, or open highways.

Fault in poor weather conditions varies. Wherever a cyclist or motor vehicle is on the road, they must take reasonable care to drive safely. When inclement weather is a factor, riders must adjust accordingly to avoid accidents. If they don’t take proper care, they could be found at fault if an accident happens.

5.Lack of Experience

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A rider should spend dozens of hours in training classes before operating a motorcycle on their own on a public roadway. Getting a proper education regarding how to ride a bike or how to ride safely increases the odds that a rider will not take risks that could endanger themselves and others on the road.

Failure to prepare to ride on roadways and understand the safety rules puts everyone on the road at risk. Reckless drivers who don’t understand the rules of the road could be held liable for an accident.

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How to avoid a motorcycle accident injury

To avoid an accident, it’s crucial to follow motorcycle safety practices every time you are on the road. Here are some important safety reminders to reduce the likelihood of an unwanted motorcycle injury or accident.

  • Wear a motorcycle helmet
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Get proper training
  • Don’t ride when drinking
  • Maintain your bike
  • Don’t share lanes
  • Keep your motorbike in good repair

There are many different reasons why a motorcycle crash may occur. Often, it is the result of poor driving habits combined with poor road conditions that can cause an accident. However, if a car is involved, the car’s driver is generally at fault in most motorcycle accidents, and you may be able to collect damages regardless of where the accident occurred.

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The experienced personal injury lawyers at Adam S. Kutner & Associates serve all areas of Las Vegas. If you have been injured or involved in a motorcycle accident and seek compensation, we can help. We will create a strong case, deal with your insurance company, and ensure that all your medical bills get covered. Schedule a free consultation with the experienced team at our law firm in Las Vegas today.


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