Motorcycle riding is a favorite pastime for many Americans. As the weather turns nicer, more and more bikers will once again hit the open roads. Motorcycles provide freedom of travel that is unique to other modes of transportation. While it can be freeing, it can also be dangerous. Before hitting the open road, it is important to consider some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
Road conditions play a large role in motorcycle safety. Motorcycles are maneuverable to an extent. Even crossing railroad tracks wrong can be enough to cause your bike to slide out from beneath you. When riding, it is important to be mindful of the condition of the road. Gravel can impact your tire’s ability to grip, which can cause you to slide. Weather conditions such as snow and rain can also create hazards along the road.
Many motorcycles accidents are caused by cars making left-hand turns. A motorcycle can be hard to spot, even for the most experienced driver. A driver may think they have the time and ability to turn, striking a motorcyclist who could be traveling straight. In these situations, the person driving the vehicle is often at fault.
Failure to be Detected
This is the largest contributor to motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles are smaller when compared to automobiles, and often are simply not seen. It is easy for a motorcycle to fall into a vehicle’s blind spots. As a motorcycle driver, you have to constantly be mindful of whether a car driver can detect your presence. It is important to consider escape routes in situations where you may not be detected. This happens most often in congested intersections.
A motorcycle lacks the surrounding protective structure that vehicle drivers often take for granted. If you are involved in an accident, you are likely to suffer more severe injuries. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident where you feel you are not at fault, we can help. Contact us to learn more.