Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, no matter how skilled or experienced you may be. Today’s bikes provide more protection than they ever have before, but they shouldn’t be counted on to keep you safe. Excellent handling, powerful braking systems and sturdy tires help to keep your bike upright on the road. Your own common sense and quick action can help keep you upright as well.
If you want to reduce your chances of dying in a motorcycle crash, you need to be educated. Too many people jump on bikes without having read a single book, much less taken a safety course. Every new rider needs to complete a motorcycle operator safety course from the MSF. The tuition for these classes is lower than people expect and, when you consider that it could be information that saves your life, well within budget.
Taking the proper courses, wearing all of the right gear, and riding a bike that is the correct size all go a long way in helping to prevent your being injured if you are involved in a crash. That said, knowing what to expect when you are out on the road can also be invaluable. Here are the top causes of motorcycle accidents and how you may be able to prevent them.
A car turning left inside of a bike is the most common cause of accidents. The car may not see you or may know you are there, but not judge your speed correctly. No matter the cause, this type of accident can be deadly not only for you, but for the driver of the vehicle as well.
The only way you can avoid this type of collision is to see it coming. If you believe that there is a chance that someone may turn left in front of you, slow your bike down, be ready to brake and know that you may have to take evasive action.
The thrill of driving down a winding road is something many motorcyclists can’t resist. Imagine twisting and turning down an old highway when you suddenly find yourself confronted with loose sand or gravel. Your front tire hits it and you lay it down, sliding down the road.
If you are looking for a way to avoid this type of accident, here it is: Avoid it altogether. If you are driving at a speed that allows you to brake or take evasive action without having to give it too much thought, you can keep yourself and your bike riding down the road for hundreds more miles. Enter turns and corners wide and more slowly. Once you can see well ahead of you, you can pick up your speed.
It’s a nightmare for motorcyclists. It’s also a concern of many responsible drivers. You are riding down the road next to a vehicle, you are in their blind spot and they veer into the space you occupy.
The easiest way to avoid this one is to stay out of the blind spot of other drivers. If you are passing a vehicle, do so as quickly as possible. Stay on the lookout for stops in traffic, watch for turn signals and look for cars that are weaving in and out of their lane.
You come to a stop for whatever reason. There is a driver behind you who wasn’t paying attention or was driving too closely. All of a sudden you feel a jolt from behind and you are tossed from your bike. You have just been in what two vehicle drivers who collided would call a fender bender.
Instead of stopping behind a car and assuming other cars will stop behind you, try to get in front of a stopped car at an intersection. This provides you a bit of a buffer if a car comes barreling down the road. Instead of stopping dead center in a lane, stop to one side or the other. While you are stopped, tap your brake lever to keep your lights flashing. Stay off the roads when bars are letting out and during times of low visibility.
Motorcycle accidents are often more serious for the bike rider than for the person driving the car. There is nothing you can do to avoid every accident, but following the tips above will help you sustain as few injuries as possible.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in West Palm Beach, you need an experienced accident attorney by your side. Call our office today and let us talk to you at no cost to you or your family. We will advise you of all your options and help you make the best choice for your family. Reach out now or browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.