What Is The Most Common Type Of Motorcycle Accident?

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle April 01 2023 9:09 pm

What Is The Most Common Type Of Motorcycle Accident?

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle April 01 2023 9:09 pm
What Is The Most Common Type Of Motorcycle Accident?

The adrenaline rush of feeling the wind against your skin at 50+ mph is unmatched – many ride motorcycle bikes for the sense of freedom and adventure the activity cultivates. Yet riding a motorcycle leaves a rider vulnerable to the elements. 

The risk of injury in an accident becomes higher due to the rate of speed and open-air body that exists outside of a vehicle. 

In these next paragraphs, we will share with you a few common types of motorcycle accidents–and how to avoid them. And if you have been in a motorcycle accident, please reach out to lawyer at Pyle Law for more information on how a motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help.  


Motorcyclists can get into collisions with other vehicles.

Sadly, it is not difficult to believe that in a recent year, 55% of motorcycle fatalities occurred as a result of collisions with other motor vehicles. If two moving vehicles are moving at high speed, or even low speed, a human body – even with a helmet – is at risk of serious bodily injury.


Motorcyclists can get into an accident with a left-turning car.

While a left-turning car may easily hit another vehicle, the stakes are just higher when a car hits a motorcyclist due to the rider’s lack of protection. This accident can occur when a driver incorrectly estimates the speed of a motorcyclist or if they do not see you. 

Common Type Of Motorcycle Accident


A turning car can accidentally hit a motorcyclist as the rider attempts to go through an intersection, overtake the left-turning car, or pass the car. 


Motorcyclists can get into an accident driving while intoxicated.

We are all aware of the dangers of drinking and driving – or drinking while riding a bike or motorcycle. Yet people still engage in this dangerous activity. 

Many still fail to choose the safest action and instead fall victim to believing that they will “be fine,” and that they have operated a vehicle under the influence before, so will be safe.

Yet did you know that 1 in 3 motorcycle crashes is due to either a drunk driver or rider? So you should avoid driving under the influence.


Practice motorcycle safety with these six tips.

The majority of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death, 80%. We would like to share a few tips to prevent injury and stay safe as you ride your motorcycle:

  1. Wear protective gear. A helmet helps protect against fatal injury and serious brain injury. Also, wear proper shoes, eye protection, leather jackets, and gloves.
  2. Take a motorcycle safety course. It will provide lessons on how to crash safely, how to avoid accidents, and how to respond in the event you are in an accident. 
  3. Assume that cars cannot see you. You will ride more cautiously.
  4. Observe the wheels of cars to see when they will turn. 
  5. Observe obstructions in the road to prepare in advance for maneuvering deftly around them.
  6. Check your mirrors regularly. 


Contact a Kansas motorcycle accident lawyer today.

If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The lawyer at Pyle Law can help develop an effective claim to recover the damages you deserve. Contact us today to set up a free consultation at (620) 241-9000 or (888) 381-1155, or send us a message online. 

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by attorney E. Thomas Pyle who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a practicing personal injury trial attorney.