What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
The same types of driver negligence that cause car accidents can also cause motorcycle accidents. These include:
- Drunk driving;
- Distracted driving;
- Aggressive driving; and
- Drowsy driving.
Additionally, motorcycles are more susceptible to accidents caused by debris in the roadway because of their smaller size and lower stability than four-wheeled vehicles. Dead animals, trash, and natural debris like sticks and lawn clippings on the roadway pose a serious hazard to motorcyclists.
When motorcycles lane split, or ride between two lanes of traffic, they face an increased risk of collisions with cars. Many motorists say they cannot easily see motorcyclists who are lane splitting, which makes it easier for them to accidentally collide with the motorcyclists as they change lanes. Lane splitting is illegal in Georgia.
Motorcycles are also more susceptible to spinning out and crashing on roadways where they are required to make sharp turns. This is because they are less stable than other types of vehicle.