Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors


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A study by the University of Southern California took an in-depth look at 900 motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles and 3,600 motorcycle traffic reports. The study drew different conclusions about the factors that cause motorcycle accidents and provides useful information for avoiding accidents and injuries.

Los Angeles is a major hub for motorcycle fanatics and riders, offering the best of both worlds with beautiful scenery and ideal riding conditions. The University of Southern California recently took a deeper look into 900 motorcycle accidents in the Los Angeles area and scrutinized every aspect of each wreck in order to draw conclusions about the causes of motorcycle accidents. This study also analyzed 3,600 motorcycle traffic reports and received funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The following statistics are motorcycle accident study findings:

• The predominating cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to detect and/or recognize motorcycles in traffic.
• Vehicle failure, roadway defects, and animal involvement are the least common causes for motorcycles accidents (3%, 2% and 1% respectively).
• The majority of motorcycle accidents involved a short trip associated with errands, friends, or some type of recreation.
• 92% of the motorcycle riders involved in accidents were essentially without training, having been self-taught or having learned from family or friends.
• The typical motorcycle accident gives the motorcycle rider just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.

These sobering statistics testify to the need for proper motorcycle training. If a rider only has 2 seconds to avoid a possible accident, it is important for him/her to have the right reflex reactions. The study also found that motorcycle riders involved in accidents were predominantly without motorcycle license or without any license. A motorcycle training course is an excellent way for inexperienced or untrained riders to build on their defensive riding skills and is a vital part of the motorcycle license certification process.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association show that 8.2% of motorcycle accidents result in fatalities. Wearing a helmet or high visibility jackets and using motorcycle headlamps can help riders avoid becoming part of this statistic. Even though wearing a brightly colored red or orange jacket may not be deemed cool by today’s fashion standards, it may help save lives. When an accident does occur, a motorcycle accident attorney can provide the accident victim with the best chance for full recovery by helping them fight for compensation.

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When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, one of the most important decisions you can make is choosing the right attorney. At Weinstein, Scharf & Dubinsky, a car accident attorney can help you determine who is at fault for your accident so that you can protect your right to compensation. Our firm is highly experienced in handling injury claims for all types of motorcycle accidents, and we have over 85 years of combined experience helping victims of serious personal injuries. Even if you were not wearing the proper safety equipment, we can assist you in filing a claim and communicating with the insurance companies.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.



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