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What are some of the common reasons for a motorcycle accident?

Motorcycles offer people an inexpensive, fuel efficient method of travel that allows them to enjoy the fresh air and scenic beauty of California. Unlike drivers of cars or SUVs who must sit inside an enclosure made up of a steel frame and sheet metal, motorcycles offer riders an unobstructed view of their surroundings while sitting atop a lightweight and easily maneuverable machine.

Ironically, what makes motorcycles so popular is also what makes them so dangerous. The absence of a protective enclosure leaves a rider and passenger vulnerable to broken bones, neck injury and other catastrophic injuries in the event of motorcycle accident.

A common reason why motorcycle riders are five times more likely to suffer broken bones or other injuries in an accident than drivers of cars, pickups and SUVs has to do with the inability of other motorists to see them. It might be because they are so much smaller than other vehicles or that a distracted driver might not see them quickly enough, but 70 percent of the accidents involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle take place at intersections.

Another factor that could contribute to causing a fatal motorcycle crash is the condition of the road surface. Potholes, oil spills and road debris are generally minor inconveniences for vehicles other than motorcycles. A motorcycle hitting a patch of oil that dripped from another vehicle could be sent flying out of control while the driver of a car would probably not even notice driving over it.

While a motorcyclist's riding skills might be a factor in some accidents, the negligent driver who is talking on a cellphone or who is distracted by a conversation with a passenger poses the greatest threat to a rider. An Orange County personal injury attorney might be a good resource for legal advice about compensation available to victims of motorcycle accidents.

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