Many people are drawn to the thrill of motorcycle riding, but the pastime comes with a unique set of dangers. Without the safety features or metal frame of a car to protect them, riders are left fully exposed to impacts. As such, motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries. Knowing how most of these collisions happen will help you take the necessary precautions to avoid them. Here are a few common causes of accidents and some tips for reducing your risk.
What Are the Main Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
1. Failure to Yield
Many motorcycle accidents can be attributed to drivers who fail to yield the right of way to bikes. This often occurs when a car makes a left turn while a motorcyclist travels straight through an intersection.
Drivers may misjudge the speed or distance of a motorcyclist and mistakenly believe they have enough time to complete their turn. When approaching intersections, choose the lane that will make you the most visible, look ahead for vehicles waiting to turn, and be prepared to reduce your speed.
2. Unsafe Lane Changes
Motorcycles are much smaller than cars and can easily end up in a driver’s blind spot. Thus, motorists often change lanes without realizing a rider is beside them.
Additionally, many drivers neglect to check for motorcyclists at all before moving into another lane. To prevent yourself from being sideswiped during an unsafe lane change, don’t ride directly next to other vehicles. Make sure drivers can see you in their side mirrors, and remain aware of any indications a car might be switching lanes.
Motorcycles don’t require as much time and space to come to a complete stop as other vehicles. For this reason, drivers should increase their following distance when a bike is in front of them. This allows extra cushioning for everyone if traffic suddenly slows down or halts.
However, drivers often ignore this rule and drive too closely to motorcyclists, which can lead to rear-end collisions. The best way to avoid getting hit from behind is to flash your brake lights and stop near the edge of the lane. If you notice a car tailgating you, change lanes.
If you’re injured due to another driver’s negligent driving, turn to Balderrama Law Firm in Carlsbad, NM, to discuss your legal options. Attorney Frank Balderrama is familiar with the physical and financial tolls that a collision can have on victims and provides the quality representation every client deserves. He’ll advocate aggressively on your behalf. Call (575) 234-1111 to schedule a consultation, or visit him online to learn more about his services.