The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is other vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 56% of motorcycle accidents occur on urban roadways and a majority of those at intersections.
Most motorcycle accidents that occur at intersections are a result of larger vehicles such as cars, trucks, and SUVs, turning in front of motorcycles. This may occur illegally, but is most often an issue of visibility – at least that is the claim made by many drivers who strike motorcyclists.
In addition to the drivers of larger vehicles, the top causes of Denver motorcycle accidents include:
- Marijuana and Alcohol Use
- Lane Splitting
- Inclement Weather
These factors may play a role in accidents caused by other drivers as well as those involving just the motorcyclist.
Keeping Yourself Safe
Ride defensively. Assume no one can see you and operate your bike from that position. Seeing someone else’s inattention can help you avoid a collision. Be sure to also:
- Inspect your motorcycle before each ride
- Wear a helmet
- Use gloves, leathers, and other safety gear
- Obey the speed limit and traffic signs and signals
- Do not split lanes with cars
It is perfectly legal to split a lane with another motorcycle in the state of Colorado, but may not be smart. A study from UC Berkley found lane-splitting was safest when other vehicles were traveling below 50 MPH, a rare occurrence on Colorado Highways.
Marijuana and Motorcycles
Like alcohol, it is illegal to use marijuana before you operate a motorcycle. Even if it were legal, it would be a bad idea to ride while high. Stay sober if you plan on riding your motorcycle to help ensure you remain alert, aware, and responsive to the dangers posed by other vehicles.
Have You Been Injured?
If you have been injured while riding your motorcycle in Colorado, Leventhal Sar may be able to help. Please call our Denver office at 720-667-3030 to schedule a free case review.