Motorcycle Accidents

Typical Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

In 2018, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a comprehensive report on the causes of motorcycle crashes. Some of the conclusions of this report were:

  • 81% of motorcycle crashes involved another motor vehicle, usually a passenger vehicle.
  • Human error was the primary cause of crashes, contributing to 94% of the crashes analyzed. Of the crashes caused by human error, more than half resulted from an error or failure on the part of the other vehicle driver. Most of the errors or failures of the other driver were perception failures. 
  • The most frequent cause of crashes was a vehicle turning left in front of a motorcycle. Next most frequent were motorcycles falling on the roadway while attempting a collision avoidance maneuver. Sideswipe crashes, usually the result of a failure to properly check for traffic in blind spots before changing lanes, was also a frequent cause of crashes.
  • The typical crash involved a collision between a motorcycle and a turning motor vehicle at an intersection, or the entrance to a driveway or alley.

Common Injuries Associated With Motorcycle Accidents

According to the National Safety Council, while motorcycles only account for 3% of all registered vehicles and just .6% of all vehicle miles traveled in the U.S., motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities in 2017. NTC – Motorcycle Safety is a Two-way Street. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission reports that about 1 in 5 motorcycle collisions in Washington result in serious injury or death. WTSC – Motorcycles.

Because a motorcycle does not enclose its rider, a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable to serious injury from a motorcycle accident. Injuries from motorcycle accidents can include traumatic brain injuries, fractures or broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and back injuries.


Vancouver WA Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

The lawyers and staff at Baumgartner, Nelson & Wagner, PLLC, have successfully handled numerous claims arising out of motorcycle accidents and will apply that experience to ensure the successful conclusion of your motorcycle personal injury claim. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (360) 694-4344 or questions@bnw-law.com for a free consultation.