In 1981, a ground-breaking report on the causes of motorcycle accidents was published by the Traffic Safety Center, University of Southern California. The Hurt Study analyzed 3,600 motorcycle wrecks, and, while it is 30 years old, the study still offers riders valuable insight into motorcycle wrecks and tips on motorcycle safety.
It remains our experience in handling motorcycle wrecks that the majority of crashes are caused by a cage vehicle violating the motorcycle’s right-of way by making a left turn in front of an oncoming bike or entering the road from a side street or private drive. Intersections are the most likely place for a wreck.
From asking questions of the at-fault driver in depositions, we believe that the “I didn’t see him” excuse is caused by three factors.
It will always be up to us as riders to protect ourselves and avoid crashes by riding defensively. The following steps can help us all avoid a crash with a cage driver.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle wreck, call us 24 hours a day to speak to one of our motorcycle lawyers.