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Common causes of motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles can be a fun and enjoyable mode of transportation but you have to practice extreme safety measures when operating these vehicles. They allow drivers and passengers a greater sense of freedom and connection with the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, motorcycles are also commonly linked to accidents involving serious injuries. Over the past few weeks there have been a series of motorcycle and bicycle accidents, particularly in the New York City area. Last week two motorcycle riders and a bicyclist lost their lives after accidents that occurred in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

At The Perecman Firm P.L.L.C. some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents we’ve seen include:


On a motorcycle, inexperience can be a killer. As a motorcyclist, education and confidence on your motorcycle are some of the most important skills for you to develop. Inexperience operating your motorcycle in different conditions, including rain, snow and traffic can lead to serious accidents. Never ride unless you are comfortable and confident on your motorcycle.


Speed is often a common factor in motorcycle accidents. Whenever a vehicle is traveling at a speed higher than the posted speed limits or than is safe for the current road conditions, accidents can easily happen. For motorcyclists, the increased freedom and maneuverability that make motorcycles so appealing can also make them extremely dangerous. When high speeds are involved in motorcycle accidents, since the motorcycle provides very little physical protection for drivers and passengers, serious injuries can happen.

Cars Making Left Turns

Due to the size of a motorcycle, it can be hard for car and truck drivers to accurately judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle. If the vehicle driver misjudges your speed or proximity to an intersection, they may make a left hand turn directly into your lane of travel. Being aware of your surroundings at all times can help you avoid an accident with a car turning left. You should always be ready to take evasive action when you are riding.

Alcohol Use

Alcohol plays a significant role in the occurrence of accidents that cause serious injury or the deaths of motorcyclists. It is never safe to drink and drive and this is especially true for motorcyclists because you don’t have the physical protection offered by a car or truck.

Unsafe Road Conditions

The two wheel design of motorcycles makes them less stable than cars or trucks and they are more easily impacted by unsafe road conditions. A bit of sand or gravel on the road can easily cause an accident if the motorcyclist is unable to avoid the hazard.

Being alert, sober and aware are your best defenses to avoiding a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, some accidents can’t be avoided. If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a motorcycle accident, our talented personal injury attorneys can answer your questions and help you with your injury claim. Call The Perecman Firm P.L.L.C. today for a free consultation.


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