Some people are quick to blame motorcyclists when they get into accidents. They say that motorcyclists need to slow down, that they’re reckless, that they take too many chances and that it’s usually their own fault if they get into accidents.

Nothing could be further from the truth. These people are just presenting their opinions. The statistics and facts paint a very different picture.

What researchers have found is that most accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles — cars and trucks — are actually caused by the drivers in those other vehicles. The motorcyclists are not to blame. Instead, they’re the ones getting cut off, sideswiped, rear-ended and run off of the road. These other drivers are putting them in very real danger since the odds of a serious injury or a fatality are higher for someone on a motorcycle.

One major reason for these accidents is distracted driving. That, however, is true for all car accidents. Distraction is a huge issue that causes crashes between all types of vehicles.

With motorcycle crashes in particular, the issue is often a lack of recognition by the drivers. They may not see the bike at all, or they may not understand how far away it is or how fast it is traveling. At highway speeds, these oversights can lead to mistakes. Many drivers who hit motorcycles then act shocked that the bike was there in the first place, indicating that they never saw it.

If you are riding your bike and you get injured in an accident with another driver, you may be able to seek financial compensation.