Common Causes of Arlington Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are inherently more dangerous than car accidents for drivers and occupants because riders are not protected by steel and are typically thrown from the bike. The speed at which motorcycles can travel versus the speed at which bicyclists can travel leads to more frequent accidents for the motorcyclists just simply due to the speed factor. Motorcycle accidents have a higher likelihood of resulting in injury.

There are many reasons why a motorbike collision could occur. A skilled motorcycle accident attorney could help you determine the cause of a collision and hold the negligent party accountable. Reach out to learn about the common causes of Arlington motorcycle accidents.

Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents

There are many challenges and dangers that the motorcyclists face down on the road. Since motorcycles lack any sort of surrounding protective structure on the vehicles, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer severe or even fatal injuries when they are involved in a collision. Motorcyclists on average, are 27 more times and more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle, miles traveled and are over five times as likely to be injured.

Unsafe Lane Changes and Lane Splitting

The most common causes of a collision include unsafe lane changes. Additionally, drivers risk colliding with a motorcyclist when they fail to check their blind spot or signal when changing lanes.

Lane splitting can also cause a crash. This occurs when someone drives between two lanes of traffic. It is illegal in Texas and especially dangerous for inexperienced riders. Left turn accidents, roadway errors or misjudgment of distance while making a left turn are common causes of injury and death to motorcycle riders.

Car Doors

Some motorcycle accidents occur when a driver opens up the door of their parked vehicle or path of an oncoming motorcycle.


The leading cause in all types of auto accidents are speeding. Speeding reduces the vehicle’s chance of seeing and reacting to other drivers in time to prevent collision. The higher the speed, the greater the impact and the more severe the consequences.

Driving Under the Influence

Drivers who cause accidents because they are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol could face criminal penalties in addition to civil penalties.

Sudden Stops

Rear-end accidents resulting from following too closely or an abrupt stop can result in serious injury or even death to motorcyclists.

Inexperienced Drivers

Inexperienced drivers are likely to make unsafe moves on the road that could compromise the safety of a motorist.

Hazardous Road Conditions

Dangerous road conditions, crumbling pavement, potholes, debris and lack of necessary signals and signs can all increase the motorcycle rider’s chances of losing control of their vehicle.

Motorcycle Defects

The manufacturers have a poorly designed or manufactured motorcycle part can be held liable for any injuries or deaths arising from the use of a defective part.

Types of Injuries

Motorcycle crashes on highways are dangerous and usually include an ejection from the bike. Injuries from motorcycles are a little bit different than the average passenger vehicle. Many of the same sorts of injuries can occur in both the traditional motor vehicle accidents versus motorcycle accidents, it is much more common that there are head injuries in motorcycle cases.

The other types of injuries we see are broken ribs, punctured lungs, head injuries, broken bones, brain injuries and serious lacerations.

Learn How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Could Help

In Arlington, motorcycle crashes occur often. Motorbike collisions can be caused by a myriad of reasons. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is best to seek help from a seasoned attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer could help determine the cause of the crash and hold the negligent party accountable. Call today to get started on your case.