No one wants to be in a motorcycle accident. But unfortunately, they happen. In 2021, 5,579 motorcycle riders and passengers were killed in crashes in the United States. So what are some of the leading causes of these accidents? Keep reading to find out.

Motorcycle accident attorneys – such as the team at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney At Law – are able to navigate the special circumstances that may arise from a motorcycle collision of any kind.

Drivers Not Yielding

One of the most frequent causes of motorcycle accidents is the failure to yield by another driver. This can happen when the driver of a car or truck doesn't see the motorcycle rider or underestimates the motorcycle's speed. 

Sadly, this can often be fatal for the motorcycle rider. However, there are steps that motorcycle riders can take to help prevent these kinds of accidents. First, always wear bright, reflective clothing when riding.

Additionally, ensure your motorcycle's headlights and taillights are in good working order. Finally, be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary. By following these simple safety tips, you can help prevent a tragedy.

Distracted Drivers

Distracted driving can be dangerous for motorcycle riders, but texting while driving is particularly hazardous. This is because it takes a motorcycle rider's attention away from the road and their surroundings for an extended period. 

When motorcycle riders cannot focus on the task of riding, they are more likely to make mistakes that can lead to an accident. Therefore, if you are a motorcycle rider, you must always stay alert and avoid distractions while on the road.

If you are a driver, be extra cautious when you see a motorcycle on the road, as it may be more challenging to see than other vehicles.

Driving While Drowsy

As motorcycle riders know, drowsy driving is a serious danger on the road. A split-second of distraction can result in a severe accident, and drowsy driving dramatically increases the risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving contributed to 633 fatal crashes in 2020 alone. 

While drowsy driving can affect anyone, motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable. Motorcycle riders are often exposed to fatigue-inducing factors such as long hours on the road, exposure to the elements, and lack of sleep. 

In addition, motorcycle riders are less likely to wear seat belts or other safety gear, which can increase the severity of injuries in an accident. 

For all these reasons, motorcycle riders need to be aware of the dangers of drowsy driving and take steps to avoid it if they feel tired while riding, pull over, and take a break. 

Getting plenty of rest is essential before setting out on a long ride. Taking these precautions can help keep yourself safe on the road.

Driving Under the Influence

One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is driving under the influence. This is because using drugs or alcohol can make it difficult for a driver to control a motorcycle properly. When a motorcycle driver is under the influence, they may have trouble braking, making turns, and maintaining control of the bike. 

As a result, they are more likely to get into an accident. When driving a motorcycle, it is important to always drive sober. If you have been drinking, get a ride home from someone sober. If you are on drugs, do not drive.

 Instead, take public transportation or call a cab. By being sober when you drive a motorcycle, you can help to prevent motorcycle accidents.

Dangerous Road Conditions

While many factors can contribute to a motorcycle accident, dangerous road conditions are often to blame. Potholes, debris, and sharp turns can all be hazardous for motorcycle riders, and even a tiny mistake can lead to a severe crash.

 In addition, inclement weather can make road conditions even more treacherous. Rain, snow, and ice can make it difficult to control a motorcycle, and riders may need to slow down or stop altogether to avoid an accident. 

By being aware of the dangers posed by poor road conditions, motorcycle riders can help to keep themselves safe on the road.


Another common cause of motorcycle accidents is speeding. Speeding riders are more likely to lose control of their bikes and be involved in a collision with another vehicle. Studies have shown that motorcycle riders are four times more likely to be killed in an accident than those using a car. 

Speeding is particularly dangerous on curvy roads or in poor weather conditions. If riding a motorcycle, always obey the posted speed limit and use caution when passing other vehicles. By taking these simple precautions, you can help to prevent motorcycle accidents.

Contact a CT Motorcycle Accident Attorney For Help

If you sustained significant injuries, feel the accident was the result of another person's negligence, or were injured, you should discuss your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer. When you retain an attorney, they will manage your case, which will include all contact with the insurance company and work toward compensation you deserve for your motorcycle accident. Why risk being unfairly compensated for an accident that wasn’t your fault?

When you choose Brandon J. Broderick as your motorcycle accident attorney, you pay nothing in advance. The compassionate motorcycle accident lawyers of Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, will be right there by your side, every step of the process. Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Posted by: Brandon J. Bro…
Date: Wed, 11/02/2022 - 14:45

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