A motorcycle accident can occur from a variety of reasons. Car crashes involving motorcycles along with another vehicle account for 56 percent of motorcycle accident deaths and the vast majority of these accidents the car strikes the motorcycle from the front approximately 78 percent of the time. A car striking motorcycle from the rear usually only occurs about 5 percent of the time, and collisions between a car and a motorcycle are often the most fatal to the motorcyclists. Other times when motorcycle accidents occur tend to be when there are cars making left-hand turns. Those usually count for approximately 40 percent of all accidents involving a motorcycle or a car. Other significant times when motorcycle accidents occur are when the motorcyclist is lane-splitting or riding between two different lanes, the motorcyclist is speeding, if there’s alcohol use involved. There are collisions between motorcycles and fixed objects. Those account for about 25 percent of motorcyclist deaths and it is only when the motorcyclist hits a fixed object and not another moving vehicle. Road hazards cause significant issues and potential causes for accidents with motorcyclists as well as high performance motorcycles that are made to exceed normal safety standards as far as excessive speed. Again, motorcyclists are more at risk for fatal or serious accidents on the road than automobile drivers but, again, they can increase the safety by being aware of these common causes of accidents and taking steps to try to reduce them.