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The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

David E. Tompkins
Car Accident, Bicycle Accident and Pedestrian Accident Attorney for Maryland, D.C. and Virginia
Motorcycle accidents happen every day in Virginia and Maryland, with many collisions resulting in serious injury and even death. There are a number of different types of motorcycle accidents, but some are more common than others. Whether you drive a larger vehicle or whether you are a motorcycle rider, it is important for everyone on the road to be familiar with the most common types of motorcycle accidents so that you can be aware of them and avoid them while driving.

· Motorcycle-Car Collisions. It's a misconception that most motorcycle accidents are due to aggressive driving by motorcycle riders. In fact, most motorcycle accidents occur because car and truck drivers do not see bikers. Many motorcycle accidents occur because small bikes are hidden in blind spots or because motorcycles are harder to detect at night or in poor weather conditions. These accidents can be prevented by taking an extra moment to check your blind spots and checking an intersection carefully before turning onto a road or merging.

· Sudden-Stop Collisions. While a rear-ending accident is often not very serious when two cars are involved, a motorcycle rear-end accident can often be deadly. Sudden stops can cause the bike to go end-over-end, throwing the rider and resulting in serious injury. Rear-ending can throw the biker forward off of his or her bike. These accidents can be avoided by bikers choosing safe following distances and by other drivers being aware of this type of accident.

· Single-Bike Accidents. Their two wheels and small build make motorcycles susceptible to skidding, sliding, and toppling. These types of accidents are especially common with new bikers, during poor weather conditions, and curvy streets and roads. Bikers are also in danger of single-vehicle wrecks if general road conditions are bad - grooves, road construction, railroad crossings, gravel, and uneven pavement can lead to skidding and sliding.

· Open Door Accidents. Especially in busy urban areas, motorcycle riders should be cautious of parked cars on either side of the street. Although those in parked cars may look quickly for oncoming cars, many may not see an oncoming biker and open their door directly into a biker's path. These accidents can be prevented by having drivers aware of the problem and by having bikers follow city-center speed limits.