Motorcycle accidents in Green Bay, Appleton and around Wisconsin are very common and very dangerous — much more dangerous than car and auto accidents. In fact, biking crashes have a much higher death rate then cars wrecks. When compared to cars on a per mile basis, motorcycles have a fatality rate 35 times higher. For many, however, the benefits of riding a motorcycle outweigh the risks they bring.
There are many factors that play a part in making motorcycles much more dangerous than cars. For instance, a car features many more protective devices than a motorcycle as well as an “armor” in the body of the vehicle, which keep the driver safe.
There are many factors that can cause a motorcycle accident. The experienced Green Bay and Appleton motorcycle accident attorneys of Hupy and Abraham provide the following information on...
4 Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Cars making left-hand turns.
This is the number one threat to motorcyclists, accounting for 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and a car. Usually, the turning car strikes when the motorcycle is either going straight through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car. Drivers of cars making a left turn often don’t see the motorcycle and move into their space.
- Lane splitting.
When a motorcycle drives between two lanes, it is known as lane splitting. This is usually done in stopped or slow moving traffic. This maneuver causes the motorcyclist to be in close proximity of other vehicles, leaving little room for error.
- Speeding and alcohol.
Half of all single-vehicle motorcycle accidents (those involving just the motorcycle and not another vehicle or object) are caused by alcohol or speeding. This is not surprising, as it is very similar to other vehicles on the road and no exception.
- Fixed object.
Motorcycle crashes that involve fixed object account for 25% of fatal crashes. This number is much higher than cars because of the lack of protection the motorcycle provides.
If you have been involved in one of these common biking crashes in Green Bay, Appleton or anywhere in Wisconsin, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced motorcycle collision lawyers of Hupy and Abraham can get you the settlement you deserve.
Call for your free, confidential, no-obligation consultation today, toll-free at 800-800-5678, and ask how you can receive your free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.