Motorcycle riding is a thrilling, liberating experience. However, it also comes with some significant risks. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to accidents compared to drivers of other vehicles, and the injuries that they sustain can be more severe. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that motorcyclists are almost 30 times more likely to have a fatal accident than drivers of other vehicles. In this post, we’ll explore some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and how to prevent them.
Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of traffic that are moving in the same direction. This maneuver is legal in some states and prohibited in others. Lane splitting should always be carried out with caution since it can be dangerous. Other drivers may not expect a motorcycle to pass them in the same lane. Additionally, there is the risk that the motorcycle will become trapped between two cars or hit by a driver changing lanes.
Speeding is a leading cause of all types of accidents, including motorcycle crashes. Motorcycles are more unstable at high speeds, and riders have less protection than drivers of other vehicles. Speeding reduces the rider’s reaction time and makes it more difficult to avoid obstacles or hazards in the road. Always obey the posted speed limit and reduce your speed in adverse weather or road conditions.
Impaired driving is a significant problem in the United States, and it impacts all types of drivers, including motorcyclists. Alcohol, drugs, and even prescription medication can all impair your ability to ride safely. Impaired driving can slow your reaction time, impair your judgement, and affect your balance and coordination. If you plan to ride, always avoid alcohol and drugs. If you are taking prescription medications, always follow the directions and take your doctor’s advice.
Inexperienced riders are at a higher risk of accidents because they are not as familiar with how to operate a motorcycle. Learning how to ride safely takes time and practice, and it’s important to take a motorcycle safety course before you hit the road. A motorcycle safety course is a great way to learn how to best handle your motorcycle, how to avoid hazards, and how to ride defensively.
Distracted driving is a growing problem, and it impacts all types of drivers, including those on motorcycles. Distractions can come in many forms, including texting, eating, and talking on the phone. Even a momentary distraction can lead to a serious motorcycle accident, so always keep your attention on the road.
Poor Road Conditions
Poor road conditions can make it harder to ride safely. Gravel, potholes, and uneven pavement can cause motorcycles to lose traction on the road. Wet or icy roads can also significantly increase your accident risk. Always be aware of your surroundings and adjust your riding style to suit the conditions.
Have You Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident?
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