Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Serving Greater Vancouver and Nearby Areas of British Columbia

According to studies, nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle are caused by the driver violating the motorcycle’s right-of-way. When you consider that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident than anyone in a passenger car, this statistic becomes even more unsettling. Motorcycle accidents are almost always devastating, often leading to life-altering injuries or wrongful death.

Apart from right-of-way violation, some other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Sudden-stop collisions – When a car rear-ends a motorcycle, it can throw the rider forward off the bike and cause them serious injury.
  • Open door accidents – In busy urban areas, motorcyclists must be cautious of parked cars on either side of the street. However, sometimes the person inside a parked car does not see an oncoming motorcycle and opens the car door directly into the biker’s path. 
  • Poor road conditions – Because of their smaller build, and the fact that they only have two wheels, motorcycles are more susceptible to skidding and sliding when they hit uneven terrain. This means that grooves in the road, potholes, gravel, and uneven pavement can easily lead to a motorcycle accident. If local transportation authorities have failed to perform maintenance on roads to keep them safe, they can potentially be held accountable for a motorcyclist’s injuries.

If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in British Columbia, please contact Stephens & Holman today or call toll free 604-730-4120 to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent injured motorcycle accident victims throughout Vancouver, Delta, Surrey, and all of British Columbia.