Excessive Speed As A Motorcycle Accident Cause

Excessive speed continues to be a cause as well as a contributing factor in many serious motorcycle crashes. Riding a motorcycle at excessive speed can be considered one of many “high-risk” activities. Other “high-risk” motorcycle actions are discussed on the “High-Risk Motorcyclist Actions” page.

There are many reasons as to why riding at excessive speeds increases the risk of a motorcycle crash, as well as increases the likelihood of serious injuries should a crash occur.

As stated in the “Excessive Speeds As A Factor In Motorcycle Accidents” post:

As discussed in various parts of this site, speeding is a common contributing factor for motorcycle accidents.  Many Illinois motorcycle accidents – including those fatal – have been discussed on this site in which excessive speed was a primary or contributing factor to crashes resulting in injuries.  Excessive speed is a particularly problematical issue for motorcyclists as it can lead to loss of control of the motorcycle, especially in situations in which unexpected conditions arise, such as a sharp turn in the roadway or an unexpected road hazard.

As well, riding at excessive speeds may make it harder for other motorists to see the motorcycle.

The reporting of two recent fatal motorcycle accidents, one in Texas and one in Wisconsin, indicate that the motorcycle rider was traveling at a high rate of speed. The Texas accident led to the death of Cedric Benson and a motorcycle passenger, and is discussed in the August 19, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police say former Bears running back Cedric Benson was driving at ‘high rate’ of speed before fatal crash.” This crash involved a collision between the motorcycle and a van attempting to make a left-hand turn.

The Wisconsin motorcycle accident is discussed in the August 19 fox6now.com article titled “Motorcyclist ejected, killed, after striking vehicle on Highway 6 in Salem Lakes.” An excerpt from the article:

Officials with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said a preliminary investigation revealed the eastbound motorcyclist attempted to pass several vehicles at a very high rate of speed. The motorcycle struck a vehicle, and the motorcyclist was ejected.

Additional details regarding motorcycle accidents that occur as a motorcyclist is riding at excessive speeds can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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