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Study Says Drivers of Cars and Trucks Cause Most Motorcycle Accidents


December 16, 2022

According to a news article published on sun-sentinel.com, motorcycle operators are more frequently involved in motor vehicle collisions caused by people driving cars and trucks. The accident study says that the increasing number of motorcycle accidents is due to distracted drivers who are using their cell phones while driving.

This study shows that people who believe motorcyclists are the cause of most motorcycle crashes are incorrect. This error can lead to thousands of motorcycle accidents since some drivers will not watch out for motorcyclists due to this misbelief. Motor vehicle operators believe that most motorcycle accidents are caused by motorcyclists careening in and out of traffic. However, the study shows that most motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers of cars, vans, and trucks pulling out in front of oncoming motorcycle operators.

The Sun-Sentinel article determined to answer who causes most motorcycle accidents. The Florida Department of Transportation report states that motorists who drive cars and trucks are largely to blame for motorcycle crashes. The report adds that the most common cause of motorcycle accidents includes failing to yield the right of way.

The study was conducted by Chanyoung Lee, a leading researcher at the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research, which examined ten years of Florida motorcycle accidents. The researcher states in 60% of motorcycle accidents, drivers of cars and trucks were at fault for causing the motorcycle crashes. Mr. Lee also remarked that people who operate four-wheel vehicles often fail to consider that motorcycles are approaching. 

The study also states that about 34% of motorcycle crashes involve only the motorcycle. Motorcyclists are urged to employ defensive driving strategies and take motorcycle operator courses to prevent single-motorcycle crashes. These single-motorcycle accidents are often the result of the motorcyclist not correctly navigating a bend in the road. Mr. Lee, who the FDOT's Motorcycle Safety Coalition also employs, stated that motorcyclists must also be cognisant that they have a considerable risk of crashing their motorcycles due to their own mistakes. Mr. Lee noted that around 50% of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve only the motorcyclist.

In severe, deadly motorcycle crashes involving multiple vehicles, the cause is often the drivers of four-wheeled motor vehicles, and most motorcycle wrecks involve cars and/or trucks. Those motorcycle accidents generally involve drivers who are trying to make a left turn, and they accidentally pull out in front of the motorcycles. One of the major problems is that drivers in cars and trucks fail to see the approaching motorcycle due to its smaller profile.

The Florida Department of Transportation comprehends that most motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers not seeing the approaching motorcycle and then pulling out in front of the motorcycle to make a turn. So the Florida Department of Transportation started running "Look Twice for Motorcycles" television campaigns to alert motorists to the presence of motorcycles. It is advisable that motorcyclists make themselves as visible as possible to motorists. The Florida Department of Transportation believes that its safety campaign has prevented many deadly accidents and injuries. 

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Sources:

https://www.flhsmv.gov/2022/02/02/hit-and-run-crashes-on-florida-roads-rise-in-2021-flhsmv-urges-drivers-to-stay-at-the-scene/

https://www.flhsmv.gov/2022/02/02/hit-and-run-crashes-on-florida-roads-rise-in-2021-flhsmv-urges-drivers-to-stay-at-the-scene/

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