Mechanical Issues As A Cause Of Motorcycle Crashes

Mechanical issues are one of many reasons why a motorcyclist may be involved in a motorcycle accident.

Generally speaking, motorcycle accidents occur for the following reasons:

  • another motorist may be at fault with causing an accident that injures a motorcyclist
  • the motorcyclist’s own actions may cause a motorcycle crash
  • a motorcyclist may be injured due to another factor.

These other factors include a broad range of road hazards that may cause the rider to crash.

As well, there are other issues, broadly defined as mechanical issues, that if present can cause a motorcycle accident. These mechanical issues may involve defective parts or defective components.

Another issue may be a blown tire. Due to the stability needed to control the motorcycle, any issue with rapid air loss in a motorcycle tire can cause instability that can cause a loss of motorcycle control. In the case of a blown tire, very rapid air loss occurs during the tire blowout. The motorcycle can rapidly become unstable and very hard to control. If the motorcycle is being ridden at a considerable speed at the time of the blowout, the odds of a traumatic crash occurring are high.

There have been various Illinois motorcycle accidents in which a tire blowout causes a motorcycle accident with injuries. Some of these injuries were fatal in nature.

There was a May 16, 2019 motorcycle crash in Portage, IN in which the motorcyclist claims he was having a mechanical issue, specifically a problem with the throttle. This incident led to a crash in which the rider’s leg was partially severed. The crash is summarized in the May 17, 2019 Post-Tribune article titled “Motorcyclist’s leg partially severed in Portage crash.”

There are various steps one can take to minimize the possibility of encountering mechanical problems while riding a motorcycle. These steps are discussed on the “Mechanical Problems On Motorcycles” page. Of particular concern is if the motorcycle has not been ridden for a prolonged time period.


Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC ( is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

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