As motorcycle riders, we are at a higher risk of being involved in a collision due to many factors including driver error, road conditions, blind spots and lack of education, just to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, most motorcycle deaths are not caused by “the other guy.” To stay safe and steer clear of these often-fatal situations, it is important to be aware of the most common problems you may encounter as a motorist so you can learn to avoid them:
- Left Turns. The majority of motorcycle crashes that involve another vehicle occur when a left-hand turn is being made. This happens for a number of reasons, but primarily because the vehicle making the left turn doesn’t see a motorcycle passing through or misjudges the distance between them and oncoming traffic.
- Speeding. The faster you travel on a motorcycle, the less control you have and the higher the possibility of collision. When you speed you have less time to react and see safety threats around you, your breaking distance changes and it becomes harder for others to see you, lessening their reaction time.
- Lane Errors. There are a few different types of lane errors that fall under this category, but they all have one thing in common: blind spots. Automobile drivers risk colliding with motorcyclists when either party forgets to signal their lane change or check their blind spot. Lane splitting, which reduces the amount of room between you and other vehicles on the road and leaves motorcycle riders less time to react to hazards, is another common maneuver that can result in a crash.
- Impaired Driving. Alcohol is involved in fatal motorcycle crashes more frequently than any other type of vehicle collision. Driving under the influence weakens people’s coordination and reaction time. Impaired riding threatens your safety and the safety of others around you.
- Road Conditions. Road conditions play a huge role in motorcycle crashes. Whether it’s loose gravel or a wet and slick roadway, taking on a curve or rounding a corner too fast, these conditions heighten your risk of losing control and injuring yourself in a collision.
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