Getting out on the open road in a motorcycle is a thrill. Whether you ride as your major mode of transportation each day or you only get out on the weekends, you need to make sure you are careful. Accidents on a motorcycle tend to result in more serious injury and death than a typical automobile accident. This is likely due to the fact that those who are riding motorcycles simply have far less protection than people who are in cars and trucks. To improve safety while on the road, motorcyclists should learn the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, as knowledge of what causes them can make riders aware of dangerous situations.
#1 Head on Collisions
In nearly 80% of the accidents involving motor vehicles and motorcycles that result in death, a head on collision was to blame. In fact, the car only hits the motorcycle from the rear 5% of the time. Because of the nature of physics and the size of a typical vehicle compared to the motorcycle, the rider ends up with the most grievous of these injuries, and they often result in death.
#2 Cars Making Left Hand Turns
Around 42% of all of the accidents that involve motorcycles and other motor vehicles happen when cars are making left hand turns. The cars hit the motorcycle for a number of different reasons. The motorcycle could be going straight through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the vehicle. It’s important to note that these types of accidents are actually common between two cars as well. However, they tend to become more dangerous when involving a motorcycle simply because the rider doesn’t have the same amount of protection. The motorcycles are far more vulnerable.
Most of the time, the car that hits another vehicle when making the left hand turn will be at fault for the accident, but that’s not always the case. For example, if the motorcyclist was speeding or acting recklessly in any way, then he or she could be liable for the accident.
#3 Lane Splitting
The term lane splitting means that the motorcycle is stopped between lanes of stopped cars, or cars that are moving slowly. This is common when the traffic slows down. Since the motorcycles are more maneuverable, it allows the riders to move their bikes into these makeshift lanes. However, it becomes a common reason for motorcycle accidents because the bikes are so close to other vehicle and it reduces the amount of space the bike has to maneuver. In addition, cars and trucks do not always see the motorcycle or anticipate that it will be pulling up next to them. The driver of one of the cars might decide to change lanes, not realizing that there is a motorcycle cruising up on the left- or right-hand side.
#4 Dangerous Behaviors
Some of the biggest problems for motorcyclists are caused by their own actions. Speeding, riding while tired, and riding under the influence are all major causes of motorcycle accidents. Of course, these are factors in other types of motor vehicle accidents as well. Once again, it can be deadlier for the motorcyclist because they do not have as much production.
#5 Hitting a Fixed Object
Hitting fixed and stationary objects is another problem for motorcyclists. Whether it is a tree, a vehicle on the side of the road, a fence, or any other object, the impact can be dangerous. Once again, physics plays a major factor. An object in motions tends to stay in motion, so when the bike hits the stationary object, the body wants to keep going, and it often results in the rider being thrown from the bike, causing terrible injuries and death in some cases.
#6 Road Conditions
Issues with the road are a major problem as well. All sorts of different problems could arise on the road. Some of the most common include wet and slippery surfaces, potholes, objects in the road, and irregularities on the roadway. These and more can cause safety issues while you are on the road. It’s very important that riders always keep their eyes open for anything that could cause a problem while they are on the road. Slow down, and take precautions.
#7 High Performance Machines
High performance motorcycles, called sport and super-sport motorcycles are the cause of a disproportionate number of motorcycle accidents. There are several reasons for this that are most likely. These vehicles tend to go faster, and this can make them more difficult to control when compared with traditional motorcycles. Many of the people who ride these bikes are young as well – under 30 years old. These drivers tend to be more reckless when they are riding, and that’s another major contributing factor in the number of deaths each year. In fact, the number of deaths of those who ride these faster bikes is around four times that of those who ride traditional motorcycles.
Of course, many who have these types of motorcycles are good riders and are safe. However, statistics show that there is more inherent danger with them, and many who have these bikes pay high insurance premiums because of that.
Have You Been Involved in a Motocycle Accident?
Even if you are extremely careful when you are riding your motorcycle, you can’t control everything that’s happening on the road. You can’t fix the potholes, and you can’t cause the driver in front of you to use their turn signal before turning in front of you. Accidents will still happen. If they do, you need to make sure that you get the help you need for your case. Take the time to find an attorney who has experience when it comes to these types of personal injury cases. You want to work with someone who has a good record in the field and who has a stellar reputation. If another driver was at fault for your accident, you deserve to receive damages for the injuries you suffered.