Are motorcyclists usually at fault in accidents?

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2023 | Personal Injury |

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5,932 motorcyclists killed in auto accidents in 2021.

Motorcycle accidents are a topic of concern, often accompanied by misconceptions and stereotypes. One common misconception is the assumption that motorcyclists are usually at fault in accidents. However, this belief oversimplifies a complex issue. It is important to recognize that faults in accidents can vary greatly depending on the specific circumstances.

Other vehicle’s fault

In many accidents involving motorcycles, the fault lies with the driver of the other vehicle. This can result from actions such as failing to yield the right-of-way, not checking blind spots, distracted driving or simply not seeing the motorcycle due to its smaller size.

Road conditions

Poor road conditions, such as potholes, loose gravel or slippery surfaces, can lead to motorcycle accidents. While motorcyclists must be cautious, these conditions are often beyond their control, and the fault may lie with local authorities responsible for road maintenance.

Vehicle malfunctions

Mechanical failures in a motorcycle can also result in accidents. Such issues are usually due to maintenance and may not be the fault of the motorcyclist.

Riding skills

In some cases, motorcyclist error contributes to accidents. Lack of experience, poor decision-making or riding under the influence can all lead to accidents.

The belief that motorcyclists are typically at fault in accidents may result from a bias that tends to blame the more vulnerable road users. In addition, society also tends to see motorcyclists as being inherently reckless or prone to taking risks.