Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors

Los Angeles is a major hub for motorcycle fanatics and riders, offering the best of both worlds with beautiful scenery and ideal riding conditions. The University of Southern California recently took a deeper look into 900 motorcycle accidents in the Los Angeles area and scrutinized every aspect of each wreck in order to draw conclusions about the causes of these accidents. This study also analyzed 3,600 motorcycle traffic reports and received funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Click Common’s cousin killed in a motocycle accident

The following statistics are motorcycle accident study findings:

• The predominating cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to detect and/or recognize motorcycles in traffic.

• Vehicle failure, roadway defects, and animal involvement are the least common causes for motorcycles accidents (3%, 2% and 1% respectively).

• The majority of motorcycle accidents involved a short trip associated with errands, friends, or some type of recreation.

• 92% of the motorcycle riders involved in accidents were essentially without training, having been self-taught or having learned from family or friends.

• The typical accident gives the motorcycle rider just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.

These sobering statistics testify to the need for proper motorcycle training. If a rider only has 2 seconds to avoid a possible accident, it is important for him/her to have the right reflex reactions. The study also found that motorcycle riders involved in accidents were predominantly without motorcycle license or without any license. A motorcycle training course is an excellent way for inexperienced or untrained riders to build on their defensive riding skills and is a vital part of the motorcycle license certification process.

Almost every state in the U.S. issues their own motorcycle license, and different rules apply if the applicant is under the age of 18. Riders over the age of 18 must complete the application form, pay the application fee, pass the written test, give a thumb print, pass a vision examination and have their picture taken. Riders under the age of 21 must also provide a completion certificate from the motorcycle rider training course.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association show that 8.2% of motorcycle accidents result in fatalities. Wearing a helmet or high visibility jackets and using motorcycle headlamps can help riders avoid becoming part of this statistic. Even though wearing a brightly colored red or orange jacket may not be deemed cool by today’s fashion standards, it may help save lives. When an accident does occur, a motorcycle accident attorney can provide the accident victim with the best chance for full recovery by helping them fight for compensation.