There’s nothing that can quite match the thrill of a motorcycle ride on the open road with the wind in your hair and the feeling of freedom you feel when traveling at high speed exposed to the elements. However, as a biker, you will face a lot of challenges and dangers on the road that maybe you wouldn’t if you were driving a car. If you know about these dangers, however, you can better protect yourself against them and (hopefully) continue to enjoy your freedom on the road for many years to come.
To help you with that, here are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
Performing unsafe changes from one lane to the other, by not checking one’s blind spot or signalling is an extremely common cause of motorcycle accidents and one that is so easily avoided.
Car Door Collisions
Both motorcyclists and bicycle riders are particularly vulnerable to running into the car doors of parked vehicles. There isn’t an awful lot you can do about this because it is down to a lack of awareness from the car driver, but staying alert may help you to avoid such an issue.
I know it can be tempting to go a little faster than you should to feel the full force of your bike and get your adrenaline pumping, but it can and does cause lots of accidents, and many of these accidents have very serious consequences.
Driving under the influence, whether you’re driving a car, a truck or a motorcycle is something you should never ever do. Sadly, many vehicle owners pay no attention to this, and they end up getting into serious trouble physically, mentally and criminally as a result.
Another major cause of motorcycle accidents, as you can see at http://jalopnik.com/this-is-why-lane-splitting is something known as lane splitting. This is a practice that is illegal in many places, whereby motorcyclists drive between lanes, rather than in them in a bit to bypass traffic and get where they want to be faster. Getting to your destination quicker is never worth the risk to your life!
A lot of motorcyclists are seriously injured and killed when they drive into the back of vehicles that have stopped suddenly. Again, there isn’t a whole lot you can personally do to prevent this as a biker, but sticking to the speed limit and being aware of your surroundings should help.
Misjudging who have the right of way or how much time and space there is to perform a left turn is a very common cause of serious motorcycle accidents.
When you’re buying a bike, always buy from a reputable company like Cleanharleys.com and have your bike checked out regularly. Defective wheels, brakes, etc., cause so many accidents that you can’t afford not to.
Unsafe Road Conditions
Roads that are full of potholes, debris and poor signage cause a lot of motorcycle accidents. So, it pays to have your wits about you when you’re on the road. Try, as best you can, to be aware of what’s going on below your wheels and you might just dodge a serious injury, and perhaps get in touch with the authorities to report any issues you notice out there.
Stay safe out there and have fun!