Common Factors Causing Motorcycle Accidents in Colorado
Although motorcycle accidents are not as common as car accidents, they are more likely to cause catastrophic and fatal injuries since motorcyclists lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. Bikers and their passengers are also more vulnerable to the hazards associated with road and weather conditions compared to other vehicles.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), fatal motorcycle crashes have increased by 12 percent over the last year. Unfortunately, most motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, generally a passenger car.
The following are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Cars making left turns – Many motorcycle crashes occur when a vehicle makes a left turn. Since motorcycles are small in size and less visible compared to cars and trucks, drivers may fail to see the motorcycle while making a left turn and inadvertently collide with a motorcyclist.
- Unsafe lane changes – If a driver fails to signal and check their blind spots before changing lanes, they may crash into a passing motorcyclist.
- Open doors – Drivers and occupants of motor vehicles that are parked along the street should check for oncoming traffic prior to opening their doors to exit or enter the vehicle. If a person opens his/her door while a motorcycle passes by, the motorcyclist may crash into the swinging door.
- Speeding – Driving at high speeds can make it more difficult to see and react to current road conditions. Since the force of impact is substantially greater the higher the speed, a motorcyclist can suffer more serious injuries.
- Intoxication – Alcohol or drugs can impair your vision, reaction time, judgment, and motor skills, whether you are operating a passenger vehicle or a motorcycle.
- Road hazards – From potholes and uneven road surfaces to debris and small objects, road hazards can be more dangerous to motorcyclists compared to vehicles.
- Lane splitting – This action occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of slowly moving or stopped vehicles, often during traffic jams. Since motorcycles are very near other vehicles due to the reduced amount of space, if a car decides to turn into the motorcyclist’s path, he/she does not have enough time and room to avoid the collision.
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