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What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Pennsylvania?

What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, motorcyclists suffer more injuries than any other type of road user. This is why it is important to have a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer on your side. Motorcycle accidents often involve a combination of driver error and negligent parties. Our Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyers know how to represent injured motorcyclists in a variety of cases.

At Justice Guardians, we believe that all motorcyclists should be compensated after a motorcycle accident. Our law firm offers a free consultation to injured motorcyclists, and we help them recover compensation for all of their injuries. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have been helping motorcycle accident victims in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania for over 15 years.

Local hospitals that offer treatment for motorcycle crash injuries:

  • Kensington Hospital
  • Temple University Hospital - Episcopal Campus
  • Jefferson Frankford Hospital
  • Cambria Street Healthcare Center

Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are one of the most popular types of vehicles used for transportation. They provide an affordable means of transport and offer riders the opportunity to travel quickly and easily. However, motorcycles are also prone to accidents due to their size and speed.
In fact, motorcycle accidents account for approximately 30% of all traffic fatalities in the United States. This makes motorcyclists among the highest-risk drivers on our roads.

While riding a motorcycle may seem safe, there are still risks involved. Here are some common causes of motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania.

Poor Road Conditions

Poor weather conditions such as rain, snow, ice, fog, and sleet can cause poor visibility and slippery surfaces. If you ride a motorcycle, you should avoid traveling in these conditions. Roadways that are wet or slick can pose a serious threat to your safety. Slippery roads can lead to crashes and injuries.

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol consumption has been shown to impair judgment and reaction times. This can result in unsafe driving behavior and increased crash risk. Drivers under the influence of alcohol are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is another major factor contributing to motorcycle accidents. While distracted driving occurs across all modes of transportation, it is especially prevalent among motorists using mobile devices. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of all car accidents involve distraction. Mobile device users are four times more likely than nonusers to be involved in a crash.

Lack of Proper Training

Many riders lack proper training and licensing. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, only 20% of licensed riders have received any form of formal training. This lack of training puts riders at greater risk of injury and death. Riders without licenses are twice as likely to die in a collision compared to those who hold a license.

Reckless Riding Behavior

Riders often engage in reckless behaviors such as speeding, racing, tailgating, lane changing, and passing too closely. These actions can endanger others and themselves.
Speeding is the leading cause of motorcycle deaths. Speeding accounts for over 40% of all motorcycle fatalities.

Improper Maintenance

Maintaining your vehicle properly is essential to its safety. Regular maintenance helps ensure that your bike operates safely and efficiently. Properly maintained bikes are less likely to suffer mechanical failure.


Negligent acts such as failing to yield right of way, following too close, and crossing into opposing lanes are examples of negligence. These acts can place you and others at risk of injury or death.

Weather Conditions

Weather conditions such as heavy rains, thunderstorms, lightning strikes, and blizzards can create hazardous driving conditions. For instance, heavy rainfall can wash away pavement markings and cause potholes.

What Makes Motorcycles Dangerous?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than any other vehicle type. There are many reasons why this is true. One of these reasons is that motorcycle accidents are often caused by driver negligence.

Motorcycle accidents are one of the leading causes of death among young adults. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities increased by nearly 20 percent between 2005 and 2014. In 2015 alone, there were 2,856 deaths due to motorcycle crashes. That number has been steadily increasing since 2010.

Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by negligent or reckless drivers. These issues usually occur when a motorcyclist is attempting to pass a slower-moving vehicle and the driver of the oncoming car does not yield.

Who's at Fault in Motorcycle Accidents?

Who is responsible for a motorcycle accident? Who is liable for any injuries sustained? This question has been asked by thousands of motorcyclists across the country.

First, let’s define liability. Liability means that the person who caused the accident is legally responsible for paying damages. This usually happens when another party suffers injury or damage as a result of the negligent actions of the first party.

So, who is liable for motorcycle accidents?

Generally speaking, the vehicle's driver causing the accident is considered at fault. They are legally responsible for any injuries suffered by others. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if the driver was injured themself, they would not be held liable for their own injuries. Similarly, if the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they would be deemed to be at fault.

Does Pennsylvania Have a Helmet Law?

Pennsylvania does not have a helmet law. However, children under 18 years old cannot ride a bicycle without wearing a helmet.
In addition to these laws, parents are encouraged to teach their children safe bicycling habits. Parents should supervise their children when they are riding bikes and encourage them to wear helmets.

When To Call A Motorcycle Injury Attorney?

At Justice Guardians, our team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to help you. We understand the unique problems you face after a motorcycle accident, and we are committed to providing you with the legal representation you need.

Injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident can include:

  • broken bones
  • whiplash
  • spinal injuries
  • internal bleeding
  • broken bones
  • other severe injuries

In order to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.

Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation

At Justice Guardians, we believe that motorcyclists deserve to have the best representation available to them. We have successfully handled many motorcycle accident cases and have seen first-hand what it takes to win a case. Our experience in motorcycle accident law gives us an edge in helping injured riders and their families pursue justice and financial compensation. We are dedicated to helping injured motorcyclists, and we are prepared to fight aggressively for the rights and compensation they deserve.

When you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our motorcycle accident attorneys in Pennsylvania. Call our firm today for a free case evaluation and to discuss your legal options.

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David Petrone
Date Published: December 12, 2022
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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