Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists in Alabama need to be extremely careful, because an accident can cause catastrophic injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, road rash, spinal cord damage, head trauma, burns, permanent disability, and even death. That’s because motorcyclists are completely exposed to the elements and do not have the same protections that drivers and passengers in cars and trucks have. With airbags or seat belts, bikers can be ejected from the vehicle upon impact. Moreover, wearing safety gear can only do much to protect a motorcyclist.

Here are the top causes of motorcycle accidents on Birmingham roads and highways:

Driver Negligence

Negligent driving is the main cause of motorcycle accidents in Alabama. In the age of electronic devices, more and more drivers are distracted by cell phones, iPhones, and other devices while on the road.

Failure to Yield

Some motor vehicle drivers don’t believe that motorcyclists have the same right to the roadway, which can lead to failure-to-yield accidents.

Sudden Stop

A driver who suddenly slams on the brakes can cause a rear-end collision involving a motorcyclist who is unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.


Speeding motorists who collide with a motorcycle can cause serious injuries, especially because motorcyclists have less protection in the event of a crash.

Drunk Driving

An intoxicated motorist may struggle to spot motorcycles on the roadway because bikes are relatively small and harder to see.

Road Hazards

Potholes and other road hazards, such as oil slicks, uneven pavement, and debris, can make it very difficult for a motorcyclist to maintain control of their bike.

Animal in Road

Motorcyclists can potentially leave the roadway and crash when they swerve to avoid an animal in the road.


A motorcyclist who swerves to avoid a pedestrian jaywalking in the road can potentially lose control of their bike and crash.

Weather Conditions

Inclement weather can make the roadway slick and lead to single-vehicle motorcycle crashes that result in catastrophic injuries.


If you were involved in a serious car accident on an Alabama road or highway, you should speak with a qualified personal injury attorney immediately. The experienced personal injury and car accident lawyers at Salter & Ferguson can help you get the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation about your case.

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