Colorado Motorcycle Accidents: Contributing Factors

As of 2007, there were 7.1 million motorcycles on the road in the United States.

The number of motorcyclist crash-related fatalities has more than doubled during the past 10 years. In the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) P.L. 109-59, Congress directed the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a comprehensive study of the causes of motorcycle crashes.

According to The Hurt Report, a comprehensive motorcycle safety study published in 1981, approximately three-fourths of motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was usually a passenger automobile.

Approximately one-fourth of motorcycle accidents were single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.

Vehicle failure accounted for less than 3% of motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture flat.

In the single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slide-out and fall due to over-braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.

Although dated, these statistics apply just as much today as they did then.

Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Road Hazards
  • Distracted or impaired driving,
  • Driving conditions
  • Poor Weather
  • Negligence of other drivers
  • Road conditions
  • Speed
  • Driving under the influence

However, no matter how your motorcycle accident occurred, you deserve help from an experienced Colorado motorcycle accident lawyer—one who isn’t afraid to stand up and fight for your rights. That’s just what the team of lawyers at McDivitt Law Firm will do for you.

Our Colorado Springs motorcycle accident lawyers have been protecting victims’ rights for years. We know the laws in Colorado, and with three office locations, we’re able to help people throughout the state. Click here for an initial consultation form or call toll free 877-846-4878 to arrange a free initial interview.

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