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How often does driver inattention lead to motorcycle crashes?

Motorcycle collisions happen for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes, there's a slippery section of the road that causes someone to spin out if they don't notice it in time. Other times, the person on the motorcycle may drive too fast for road conditions or lose control of the vehicle.

Still, it is common knowledge among motorcyclists that people in vehicles not paying attention is also a leading cause of motorcycle collisions. Almost everyone has heard a story of another biker who got hurt because someone on the road claimed that they didn't see them.

If you make every effort to keep yourself safe when you ride, it can be frustrating to realize that the actions of other people might undermine all of your safety precautions. Just how often are drivers in enclosed vehicles responsible for collisions with motorcycles?

According to federal data, other drivers are a leading cause of crashes

Federal researchers try to make as much sense as possible out of the collisions and wrecks that occur on the American roadways. Learning about the patterns and recurring themes among these crashes can help guide public policy and potentially reduce the number of serious or fatal collisions that occur.

There are a number of noteworthy takeaways from a federal analysis of motorcycle crashes. One of them is that motorcyclists get hurt or even die 80% of the time that they experience a collision of some sort.

When it comes to causes, people driving without proper licensing on motorcycles is a significant risk factor, as is alcohol consumption. However, the prevalence of collisions caused by people in enclosed vehicles is also very noteworthy. Research has found that roughly 30% of all the motorcycle crashes occurred because people in motor vehicles didn't notice someone on a motorcycle.

Negligence is certainly no excuse for causing a crash

Failing to properly monitor nearby road conditions is very dangerous when someone has control over a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. Inadequate surveillance could very easily be negligence, which is one of the factors commonly necessary to bring a personal injury claim against someone.

When a driver claims that they didn't see someone on a motorcycle, what they really mean is that they weren't paying attention and that the person on the motorcycle who got hurt may potentially have the right to take them to court.

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