It’s no surprise that motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury or death than other types of motorized vehicle accidents. The federal government reports that in 2006, fatalities were 35 times more likely to occur from motorcycle accidents that from accidents involving cars.

That is why it is critical that all Florida riders understand the common causes that can result in a Daytona Beach motorcycle accident. Your understanding of the risks associated with motorcycle collisions can be the difference between life and death.

Head-on Collisions

Head-on collisions often prove fatal to the motorcyclist. As a matter of fact, 78 percent of all motorcycle fatalities occur during head-on crashes. In contrast, five percent of motorcycle fatalities involve rear-end collisions.

Left-Hand Turning Vehicles

Scenarios involving cars making left-hand turns are commonly dangerous for motorcyclists. These situations account for 42 percent of all crashes involving bikes and cars. These types of collisions generally occur when a motorcyclist is:

  • Heading straight through an intersection
  • Passing another vehicle
  • Attempting to overtake another vehicle

Speed & Alcohol

Riding and alcohol never mix. Statistics suggest that nearly half of all motorcycle accidents involve speed and/or alcohol. Both of these scenarios reduce a rider’s judgment and ability to respond to sudden road dangers. Never mix these elements with riding.

Fixed Objects

A motorcycle accident does not necessarily have to involve another vehicle. Many lives are claimed due to collisions with fixed objects, such as:

  • Parked cars
  • Light poles
  • Utility poles
  • Benches at bus stops
  • Trees

Road Hazards

Many types of road hazards can prove fatal during a normal ride. As a motorcyclist, it is imperative that you are aware of road conditions and hazards that can cause you to lose control of your bike. Common road hazards include:

  • Potholes
  • Dead animals
  • Uneven pavement
  • Slick road conditions
  • Road construction equipment

No Matter the Cause of Your Accident

No matter what caused your motorcycle accident, you might be able to hold the negligent driver or entity responsible for your injuries. An experienced Daytona Beach motorcycle accident attorney can help you build your case and get you the compensation you deserve.

Don’t let your injury keep you from enjoying the rest of your life. Call our team at Johnson & Gilbert, PA at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890 to learn how we can help you. Our team will fight hard to defend your compensation rights and will treat you and your case with the respect it deserves.