It’s a sure sign of the coming of spring and summer when you see motorcyclists out for a joy ride. However, the are not only more bikes on the road during the warmer season, there are also more motorcycle accidents.
Owning or riding a motorcycle can be very dangerous. Unlike riding in a car, when you are on a bike, there is nothing protecting you in the event of a collision—no airbags, safety belts, and definitely no passenger compartment. Motorcycles are exposed on all sides, putting you at a higher risk for injury. Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those in cars. This means you have to be extra cautious to avoid an accident at every turn.
Motorcycles can hide in a driver’s blind spot. Some motorists will get over without checking over their shoulder and may sideswipe a motorcyclist in the process. These are some of the most common causes for motorcycle injuries:
High speed is one of the top causes of motorcycle crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Avoiding speed-related accidents is as simple as following speed limits. While racing your motorcycle can be a rush, it’s not worth the added risk.
If you have the need for speed, seek out controlled tracks where traffic is not an issue.
Cars Turning Left in Front of Motorcycles
Over 40 percent of motorcycle crashes are caused by incidents when a vehicle makes a left-hand turn, often in front of a motorcycle they “didn’t see”. But these accidents also happen when a motorcycle tries to overtake a vehicle that is turning left, not realizing their intention to turn and thus riding straight into their path.
These accidents do happen between cars as well, but the size of a motorcycle makes them less visible and makes the accidents more common.
When motorcycles move between vehicles in slowed or stopped traffic, not necessarily taking a whole lane to themselves, that is known as lane-splitting. It is basically an accident waiting to happen because other drivers are not expecting a motorcycle to be coming up in between them in a traffic jam.
While slow and stopped traffic can be a headache, don’t try to get ahead by swerving between cars or riding on the shoulder. Although this may be tempting if you are in a rush, you are at a higher risk of collision when doing this.
Loss of Control
It doesn’t take much to lose control of your motorcycle. Ice, rain, standing water, gravel, or even wet leaves can be enough to send a motorcycle out of control and off of the road. Paying attention to the road ahead of you can help you spot these obstacles before you reach them, but learning how to maintain control of your bike is crucial.
Not all motorcyclists crash when they come in contact with a wet road or loose gravel. Those who are prepared are usually able to manage the obstacl
e. Taking a motorcycle safety course can help you prepare for these conditions and learn how to avoid losing control and laying down your bike.
While not wearing a helmet won’t cause an accident, it increases your chances of serious injury or death if you’re involved in an accident. Riding without a helmet makes you 3 times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury.
As a motorcyclist, you cannot control how other people drive. But you must take responsibility for your own safety by doing everything possible to avoid a collision. Your life depends on it.
Some catastrophic injuries that often result from motorcycle accidents include:
- Disfiguration from road burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries (TBIs)
With no protection to help the motorcyclist in the accident, he or she can be tossed to the ground and suffer grave injuries. It is essential for motorcyclists to wear helmets with face guards for optimal protection.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle collision, call our experience Motorcycle Injury Attorneys today! We will work to get you the compensation you deserve. We don’t get paid until YOU GET PAID! Get An Angell On Your Side. Call Bryce Angell at (770) 217-4954.