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Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents often leave riders with devastating injuries. Sadly, in many cases, these life-altering accidents could have been prevented. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are due to negligence on the part of other motorists on the road. When drivers are reckless, careless, or fail to watch for motorcyclists, they can cause severe crashes.

At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, our San Antonio motorcycle accident lawyers have investigated all types of crashes. We know what it takes to prove driver negligence and demand the full compensation injured victims need to recover. To discuss the details of your accident, please contact us today for a free consultation.

Cars Turning Left

One of the most common types of motorcycle accidents involves a car turning left at an intersection where a motorcycle is heading straight through. While drivers tend to look for other cars when ensuring the way is clear, they often fail to look for motorcyclists, who can be more difficult to see. As the driver makes the turn, the larger vehicle crashes right into the motorcycle.

Unsafe Lane Changes

Drivers must always check their blind spots before making a lane change. Not all motorists do this, though, and sometimes drivers do not even look around the sides of their vehicle before changing lanes. This is extremely dangerous, as a motorcyclist could be traveling alongside the car and get hit as the car moves over. Additionally, motorcycles are much smaller than other cars, and so they can easily fit into a blind spot. Even when this is the case, drivers are responsible for ensuring their blind spots are completely clear before making a lane change.


Tailgating, or following another vehicle too closely, is always extremely dangerous. When a driver tailgates a motorcyclist, though, the aggressive behavior can have deadly consequences. Motorcyclists are likely to be thrown from their bikes when they are hit from behind, which can cause catastrophic injuries. This could even result in another accident if a second vehicle hits the biker in the road.

Cars Trying to Share a Lane with Motorcycles

Sometimes drivers think that because motorcycles are so much smaller than other vehicles, they can drive alongside them in the same lane. This is extremely dangerous. Motorcyclists have all the same rights as other drivers on the road, which means they have the right to ride in a lane alone and with plenty of space around them. When other vehicles try to overtake motorcycles or ride right beside them, it poses a great threat to the biker.

Opening Car Doors

Sometimes drivers park their vehicles and then open the door to exit them without first looking to ensure the way is clear. When a motorcycle is traveling in the path of that open door, the biker may not have time to stop and can run right into it. These crashes are known as dooring accidents, and they are incredibly dangerous. These accidents can throw bikers from their motorcycles and leave them in the road where they are susceptible to being hit by another vehicle. These crashes result in some of the worst injuries to motorcyclists.

Distracted Driving

Texting and driving is illegal in Texas, but that does not mean that all drivers comply with the law. When drivers look at a phone while they are behind the wheel, they take their eyes off the road and risk causing a crash. Texting and driving is also not the only dangerous type of distracted driving. Rowdy passengers, loud music, eating, drinking, personal grooming, and anything else that takes a person’s eyes and focus from the road, or their hands off of the wheel, are all considered distractions.

Drunk Driving

Even with the widespread awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, some motorists still get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. When a motorist drives drunk, their reaction time is slowed, they cannot focus on the road, and they experience perception issues. Most motorcycle crashes that involve a drunk driver occur because the driver simply did not see the biker.


Speeding does not only cause accidents, it also increases the severity of them. Speeding is particularly hazardous when motorcycles are on the road. This is again because while drivers watch out for other cars and larger vehicles, they often fail to see motorcyclists. As they approach the biker at a very fast pace, they may not have the time necessary to slow down to avoid a collision.

Poor Road Conditions

Motorcycles are much less stable than other vehicles, and so they are much more susceptible to potholes, debris in the road, and loose gravel. When they come across these hazards, motorcyclists can easily lose control of their bike and an accident can result. Local, state, and federal governments are responsible for ensuring that infrastructure is safe for all motorists on the road. When they do not meet that responsibility, it is possible for bikers to file a claim against them.


In Summary

If you have been hit while riding a motorcycle, you are likely suffering from serious injuries, have mounting medical bills, and may be unable to work. At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, our San Antonio motorcycle accident lawyers can help you demand full compensation for all of the costs and losses associated with your injuries. Our skilled team will conduct a thorough investigation into your crash to determine the cause and identify all liable parties.

Do not wait to get the legal advice you need after a motorcycle accident. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation and to learn how we can help.