Riding a motorcycle can be a fun and liberating experience. Unfortunately, many of the reasons motorcycles are fun also make them dangerous. You do not have the constraints, enclosure, or safety features of a car. Motorcycles are much more lightweight than cars. This makes motorcyclists particularly vulnerable out there on the road. Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries all too easily. When you look at the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents, you will see that motorcyclists and other drivers on the road can take many steps to help reduce the chances of motorcycle accidents occurring.
The most common reasons for motorcycle accidents are:
- Speeding: Both speeding motorcycles and speeding cars and trucks increase the chances of motorcycle accidents. Speeding leads to reduce the visibility of a motorcycle. It also gives less reaction time for a vehicle to avoid a collision. Speeding also increases the severity of the accident. The greater the speed, the greater the impact of the crash.
- Unsafe lane changes: Drivers who fail to check blind spots or use proper lane change signals put motorcycles at great risk. Motorcycles are more easily lost in a cars blind spot than other vehicles due to their smaller size. Failure to check a blind spot often leads to a car merging directly into a motorcycle’s lane which leads to a collision.
- Lane splitting: There is a temptation for motorcyclists to take full advantage of the small size and quick maneuverability of the bike. This can lead some motorcyclists to make unsafe moves such as lane splitting. Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of slow moving or stopped cars. You may see a lot of lane splitting in traffic jams. While lane splitting may be tempting, especially when waiting behind a long back-up of cars, it jeopardizes the safety of the rider. The motorcycle has to travel dangerously close to cars and the cars will often not be prepared for a motorcycle passing that closely to them in stopped traffic.
- Left turn: This type of accident occurs at an intersection. A car will either fail to yield the right of way to an oncoming motorcycle, fail to see the oncoming motorcycle or think they have more time to turn than they really do. The car will then turn either directly into the motorcycle or right in front of the motorcycle.
- Corner turn: When a motorcycle takes a turn, it can be difficult to maintain control of the bike. This is especially true when there is a sand, gravel, or a wet surface present. Once the front tire hits these obstacles and loses traction, it can be difficult to regain control. Speeding around corners is also particularly dangerous for motorcycles and commonly leads to accidents.
Motorcycle accidents are very serious and the injuries involve can prove fatal. Drivers, make sure to check your blind spots and give motorcyclists space on the road. Motorcyclists, remember that you are not as visible on the road as other vehicles and drive accordingly. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, our personal injury attorneys are here to provide dedicated legal representation to get you compensation for your injuries and other losses. Contact us today!