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Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

By SEO Admin on August 10, 2011

According to the Hurt Report (a motorcycle safety study initiated in the United States in 1976, published in 1981, and named after its primary author, Professor Harry Hurt), 75% of motorcycle accidents involved a collision with another vehicle, usually a car.

Other notable findings in the Hurt Report are quoted below:

* 75% of accidents were found to involve a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle, while the remaining 25% of accidents were single motorcycle accidents.

*"In the single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slide-out and fall due to over-braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering."

*"Almost half of the fatal accidents show alcohol involvement" and "injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size."

*In the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.

*The report's additional findings show that the wearing of appropriate gear, specifically, helmets and durable garments, mitigates crash injuries substantially.

*"Vehicle failure accounted for less than 3% of these motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture flat" and "Weather is not a factor in 98% of motorcycle accidents."

*"The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents... Conspicuity of the motorcycle is a critical factor in the multiple vehicle accidents, and accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps - on in daylight and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets."

If youve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you can benefit from the experience and knowledge of the Brevard County motorcycle accident at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A.

Motorcycle accident statistics are extremely vital, supplying relevant data and educating us on how to effectively reduce accidents and injuries.

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