Causes for Motorcycle Accidents
It is well known the risks of driving a motorcycle compared to a vehicle. Despite the fact that motorcycles are “cool,” use less gas, and are easier for cutting through traffic, it’s much easier to be involved in an accident when riding a motorcycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 motorcyclists were about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled and five times more likely to be injured. This is why it is very important for not only motorcyclists but motorists as well to be well aware of every move they make. Below are some common ways that accidents occur due to motorcyclist/motorist mistakes.
– Vehicles Turning Left
Oftentimes an accident will occur when a vehicle fails to see the motorcycle or misjudges the speed at which the motorcycle is going at, and the vehicle turns left in front of the motorcycle. Statistically, this is the worst kind of situation for the motorcyclist. This type of accident accounts for 42% of all crashes between motorcycles and other vehicles.
– Lane Splitting
Lane splitting is when motorcyclists ride in between two car lanes, usually when there’s traffic or car movement is slow and stopped. This can be dangerous because unexpected vehicle movements such as lane changes may occur suddenly or with little warning
– Changing Lanes
A car from another lane may suddenly veer into the space of a motorcyclist’s because of their blind spots or negligence in looking. It’s important for vehicle drivers to be well are of blind spots because bikes can easily fit into these spots.
– Turning a corner too fast
When motorcyclists turn a corner too fast, they risk the loss of traction or reaction time to whatever may be in their way on the other side of the corner. On the road, “slow in and fast out” is an effective rule of thumb. Enter a corner wide, to increase vision and at an easy pace and then pick up speed on the way out.
– Speeding and alcohol impairment
Statistically, approximately half of single-vehicle motorcycle crashes have speeding and alcohol use as factors.
– Crashes between motorcycles and stationary objects
Motorcyclists crashing into stationary objects results in 25% of motorcyclist deaths. The area next to parked cars is referred to as “The Death Zone” by many cyclists because a parked car might open its door as a motorcyclist passes through which is why motorcyclists should never ride between an a traffic lane and parked cars. Not only might someone open their door but there could be a pedestrian or sometimes cars pull out for visual reference. All of these can cause a devastating collision. Vehicles and pedestrians should also always make sure they are looking for anything coming in their direction.
– Locking the front brake
Sometimes motorcyclists have grabbed the front of the brake because of various distractions and end up tumbling over the handlebars. The best way to make sure that this doesn’t happen is to learn how to properly use the front brake on the motorcycle and to always be aware when riding.
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