In the United States, about 5000 motorcyclists will die each year as a result of an accident. If you want to keep riding your motorcycle safely, you need to know drive defensively, because other drivers aren’t always going to be looking out for you.
Understanding some of the common ways that these motorcycle accidents occur can give you and edge in helping to avoid them, and to keep yourself safe.
Collisions can be caused by distracted driving
As a rider, you know that you have to pay attention to the road – the way it curves, the patterns for passing traffic, the way certain highways and ramps tend to jam up at certain times. You also know you have to keep an eye on any cars in the vicinity, as drivers often act as though their rights to the road are greater than yours. A distracted driver is more likely to clip you while trying to merge or make a turn, and may not notice you attempting to enter or exit a roadway.
Weather conditions create hazardous roads
Certain weather conditions can increase risks for motorcyclists. When the roads are slippery because it is pouring, snowing, or hailing outside, there is always that chance that the bike will lose traction and start sliding out of control. Single-vehicle accidents are fairly common for riders, and the severity of the resulting injuries is no less devastating than if another vehicle was involved.
Speeding motorcycle riders or drivers are at risk
Speed is a common cause of all motor vehicle accidents, and motorcycle wrecks are no exception. Speed can lead to collisions, wipe-outs around corners, and being thrown from the bike if the rider hits a pothole or piece of road debris (or another person, rider, or driver).
Motorists making left-hand turns may not see your motorcyle
Left-hand turns are dangerous, but they’re often unavoidable. They’re particularly dangerous for riders because the bike could easily fit into a driver’s blind spot in multi-lane turns. This can lead to crushing injuries, but it can also force a rider to swerve to get out of the way, leading to a crash or collision.
Preventing motorcycle accidents while you’re riding
You may not be able to make other drivers safer, but there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of a collision:
- Always use your lights and turn signals, and wear reflective clothing or patches. This will make you more visible.
- Avoid lane splitting.
- Give other drivers a wide berth, in case of sudden stops or merges
- Avoid taking the bike out in weather that leads to poor visibility, such as rain, snow, or fog.
- Keep your motorcycle in good working order. Defective or worn parts can put you at risk.
Make sure to always wear a helmet, too. It may not prevent a crash, but it could keep you alive in the event of a wreck or collision.
When involved in a motorcycle accident, getting legal support is important. Gainsberg Law is represents motorcycle accident victims throughout Chicagoland. If you wish to schedule a free consultation, please call our office at 312-313-1621 or complete our contact form today.