Motorcycle accidents can be extremely dangerous, even deadly. Motorcycles are involved in fewer than two percent of all traffic accidents, but they account for more than 15 percent of all traffic fatalities. It is critical that drivers pay attention and keep an eye out for motorcyclists at all times and that riders take precautions to increase their visibility on the road. Balance, coordination, and excellent judgment are required for safe motorcycle riding. The three most common causes of motorcycle accidents and methods to avoid them are listed below.
Left Hand Turns
In intersections, cars turning left frequently collide with oncoming or passing motorcyclists. These drivers are often distracted, speeding, or failing to check for motorcyclists in their blind spot. Drivers making a left turn must yield to oncoming traffic. As a result, if you’ve been hit because a driver failed to yield, they could be held liable for your damages.
To avoid being involved in an accident like this, make sure you ride safely. Applying reflective materials to your motorcycle and keeping your bike’s headlights on at all times, even utilizing high beams during the day, will improve your visibility. Traffic signals, speed restrictions, and lane markings should all be followed, and drivers should always check behind them before turning. Remember always to indicate before changing lanes.
Head-on collisions are one of the most dangerous kinds of accidents for motorcyclists because of the unequal amount of force involved and the lack of safety features on motorcycles. Head-on collisions can also occur with fixed objects. Motorcyclists can be severely injured or killed if they veer off the road and hit a tree, light post, or fence.
Veering off the road can be caused by alcohol and drugs, including some prescribed medications, negatively affecting your judgment, coordination, balance, throttle control, and ability to shift gears. These substances also diminish your reaction speed and affect your awareness. It is hard to foresee what other vehicles or pedestrians will do, even when you are fully vigilant. Never ride a motorcycle while under the influence.
Since motorbikes are smaller and less stable than cars, they are more susceptible to road irregularities and unexpected objects. Uneven road surfaces, gravel on the pavement, and railway tracks are all major risks that riders must be aware of.
When deciding to ride your motorcycle, be as informed as possible. Avoid riding your motorcycle if the weather is poor, as snow and rain could lessen your traction. If you cannot avoid it, reduce your speed limit, stay watchful for uneven pavements, and drive defensively to protect yourself.
Contact a Talented Motorcycle Accident Today
While riding a motorcycle can be incredibly liberating, it comes with substantial risks that all motorcyclists should be aware of. Our law firm is dedicated to safeguarding your rights and interests. An experienced attorney from Yosha Law Firm could assist you in pursuing compensation if you were harmed due to another person’s negligent conduct on the road. For additional information, please contact us immediately.