Posted: January 15, 2024

 Motorcycle accidents

An accident involving a motorcycle may be a life-changing experience, resulting in serious injuries, mounting medical expenses, and damage to property. Moreover, motorcycle accidents can result in more severe injuries compared to car accidents due to the limited protection motorcycles provide riders. Here are some common reasons motorcycle accidents happen and when to call a lawyer if you’ve been involved in one.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents


In 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that a significant number of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were found to be exceeding the speed limit.

Lane Splitting

Motorcycle lane splitting occurs when a motorbike navigates between vehicles in motion or at a standstill within the same lane. Lane splitting is not permitted in most states because it can heighten the chances of an accident occurring For example, one danger of lane splitting is that the lanes are not wide enough for drivers to drift out of their lanes in heavy traffic.

Rear-End Collisions

Motorcyclists should be aware of the potential dangers posed by rear-end collisions. The impact on a motorcycle can have varying effects compared to a larger passenger vehicle. Specifically, rear-end collisions have the potential to result in the motorcyclist being ejected from the bike, resulting in significant injuries.

When To Call a Lawyer After a Motorcycle Accident

The time limit for initiating legal action in a personal injury case following a motorcycle accident differs from one state to another. Please refer to your state’s statute of limitations on motorcycle accidents.

The responsibility for a motorcycle accident depends on the specific circumstances. For instance, in cases where another driver caused the accident, that driver typically bears the liability for any resulting damages.

To establish liability in a motorcycle accident, you must demonstrate that the crash was a result of the other party's negligent actions. Specifically, this involves demonstrating that the accident could have been avoided had the other driver not been in the lane.

After reviewing your case, our legal team will advise you on whether you have a valid claim.

Learn More About Motorcycle Accident Claims

Kline & Specter provides free and confidential evaluations of potential cases. Our law firm litigates matters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York. For cases outside those states, we work with local attorneys in each state as applicable.