Motorcycle accidents are a tragically common occurrence on the roads of Indiana. Because a motorcycle does not offer the protective barrier of a car, riders are far more likely to be severely injured and even killed when they are involved in a collision. It is imperative that all drivers and riders on the road be aware of the factors that commonly cause these accidents and take steps to proactively prevent them.
According to the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, in 2016, 100 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes. If you are a motorcyclist, you should be aware of the following dangers that may be to blame for such collisions:
Other drivers' error
Other drivers are often responsible for collisions involving motorcycles. Motorcycles are small and easy to miss, and many drivers either aren't looking for motorcycles, or are distracted in general. When drivers do not take the care to watch for motorcycles, they endanger riders on the road.
Poor road conditions
Sometimes, neither driver nor motorcyclist is to blame for an accident. There are times when poor road conditions are the culprit, and this can be even deadlier than crashes involving other drivers. Weather and road damage are just two potential causes of such issues, and motorcycles' small size and light weight make them particularly vulnerable to accidents.