Motorcycle accidents involving only one bike, left and turning collisions, distracted driving, and violating the cyclist’s right-of-way are common types of motorcycle accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 4,612 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2011. Almost half of all motorcycles involved in fatal motorcycle accidents collided with another vehicle. Texas had the second most motorcycle collision fatalities in the country with 411 behind Florida (426). Some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents are briefly described below.

Accidents involving a bicycle, left-turn collisions, speeding and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol

Sometimes road hazards will cause a bicycle to hit an obstacle and cause the rider to lose control of the vehicle, especially if the rider is speeding. Faulty equipment can also cause a rider to lose control. Also, according to NHTSA, motorcycles are more likely than other vehicles to be involved in a fatal collision with a fixed object.

Speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol lead to many avoidable accidents. For example, speeding when approaching curves in the road can cause a rider to lose control of the bike or misjudge the curve, corner too far and end up in the path of oncoming traffic. About 37 percent of the motorcyclists who died in motorcycle accidents in Texas in 2011 were driving while intoxicated (BAC of 0.08 or higher), according to NHTSA.

These accidents are due to the fact that motorcycles are often difficult to spot in heavy traffic. Further, some motorists may misjudge a motorcycle’s distance or speed from the intersection, or simply attempt to rush through the intersection in hopes of overtaking the motorcycle.

Violation of the right of way and accidents with reduced visibility caused by distracted driving

Sometimes a vehicle may cross the path of a motorcycle when entering or exiting a side street or roundabout. In all these cases, the motorcyclist’s right of way can be violated by the other vehicle and lead to a collision. These violations can be due to difficulty seeing a motorcyclist entering a road or roundabout.

A motorcycle can already be more difficult to spot than cars and other larger vehicles on the road, but the problem can be exacerbated if the motorist is distracted and/or fails to check their blind spot before changing lanes or merging.

Common causes of distracted driving include:

• mobile phone use;
Adaptation of vehicle technology such as GPS or stereo system; and
• Conversations with passengers in the vehicle.

Contact an attorney for help with a motorcycle collision claim

Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are the result of a motorist’s negligence on the road. Motorcyclists involved in an accident caused by the negligence of another party are entitled to compensation by filing a personal injury claim. An attorney can help accident victims review the details of the accident, establish liability for the accident, and recover reasonable damages related to the accident.