The 7 Most Common Causes of Car and Motorcycle Accidents

road accident with motor scooter With the summer approaching, more and more of us will hit the road. As a result, motor vehicle accidents are among the leading causes of death and injury in the U.S. According to newly released estimates from the NHTSA, traffic fatalities reached a 16-year high in 2021.

Many factors contribute to these accidents, but some are more common than others. This blog post will explore the 7 most common causes of car and motorcycle accidents.


Speeding is one of the most common causes of car and motorcycle accidents. Speeding is a factor in about 30% of all fatal accidents in the United States. Speeding increases the chance of an accident because it gives the driver less time to react to hazards and increases the severity of the accident if a collision occurs.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car and motorcycle accidents. Distracted driving contributes to more than 25% of all car accidents. And the problem is only getting worse as our lives become increasingly reliant on technology.

Defective Tires 

Tires can become defective for a variety of reasons, including: 

  • Manufacturing defects
  • Improper maintenance
  • Exposure to extreme weather conditions.

If you have a defective tire, getting it fixed as soon as possible is vital. Driving on a bad tire can be very dangerous and lead to serious accidents. If you are involved in an accident that a defective tire has triggered, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a major problem on today’s roads. Every day, we see drivers speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and generally putting themselves and others at risk. And all too often, these dangerous driving habits lead to accidents.

Drunk Driving 

Drunk driving is one of the most common causes of car and motorcycle accidents. Thousands of people are killed or injured in drunk driving accidents every year. If you are drinking, do not get behind the wheel of a car or motorcycle. If you are drinking, make sure you have a designated driver who can take you home safely.

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If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Boulder, Longmont, or surrounding Colorado areas, the attorneys at Jeffress Law, PC help. Contact attorneys Chris Jeffress and Greg Csintalan for a free consultation. We can be reached at 303-993-8685.


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