They’re fast, fun, and fuel-efficient, so you just know we’re huge fans of motorcycles around here. Unfortunately, there are millions of motor vehicle accidents taking place each year, from basic fender-benders to full-on “twisted metal” high-speed collisions. In either case, riders and passengers of smaller vehicles- like motorcycles and scooters- are particularly vulnerable. If you’ve ever experienced an accident from that perspective, seeking legal advice from professionals such as Motor Accident Legal Service regarding your medical bills or potential liability might be your best move option. That said, avoiding the accident altogether is an even better one!
Below, we’ve listed what we believe to be the five most common causes of motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them. It’s not a helmet or high-visibility clothing, but it is useful knowledge that may help you gain more situational awareness the next time you jump on a bike.
1. Dangerous Maneuverers
Taking on a corner or a bend is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents due to riders miscalculating the angle and size of the turn. If speed and timing are not handled properly, riders will hit the brakes, which could throw them or their bike off. To avoid these types of accidents, keep an eye on your surroundings and use clues such as signs, trees or poles to help you work out what the shape of the road ahead might be like.
2. The Rear-End
Accidents can occur for motorcycles when they are not leaving enough space for the vehicle in front. If this car was to stop suddenly, the rear-end collision for a bike can end up at lot worse then if it was a car hitting another car. Although the load on a motorcycle might be lighter than that of a car, it only has two wheels to help it stop and keep it stable. So, keep your distance!
3. The Blind Side
Large portions of motorcycle accidents often come down to drivers simply not seeing the rider. Common places where blind spot collisions happen are while overtaking or at junctures. Always approach each scenario with the belief that the driver doesn’t know you’re there. Blind spots also have to be considered when riders are driving past parked cars, as it’s common for people to open their door into a bike if they don’t see it.
4. Lane Ways
Although it may be legal in some areas for riders to lane-split between cars in traffic lanes, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be practiced with extreme caution. Cars don’t necessarily know you’re there and will often not leave much space between them and the vehicle in the lane over. Riders can easily be knocked into oncoming traffic by a driver who merges into another lane or even swerves slightly.
5. The Need For Speed
The freedom and rush of exhilaration you get when riding a motorcycle is unfortunately the beginning of another common cause of accidents: speeding. Going beyond the speed limit places riders at a higher risk of losing control and not seeing obstacles. It’s not just new riders that push the boundaries of speed. Just because you might know the limits of your bike, doesn’t mean you should abuse its awesome power.
It’s important to note that not all motorcycle accidents are due to poor actions on the rider’s behalf; a large number are often due to the fault of other drivers, which is out of your control. Just remember to always practice caution, wear the appropriate safety gear, and if you’re unsure about a situation, Do your best to avoid it.
What about you, dear readers? What are your biggest concerns when it comes to motorcycles? Let us know the tips and tricks you use to stay safe on two wheels in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
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