Top 10 Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- A Vehicle Makes a Left Turn in Front of you
A driver is waiting to make a left turn while you are traveling toward the intersection. The motorist either does not see you coming or believes that you are traveling at a slower speed and proceeds to make the left turn. The unfortunate truth is that a driver is not looking for motorcycles; he or she is searching for cars and trucks.
When you encounter an intersection, expect the driver of the oncoming vehicle to be unaware that you are there. Prepare for this possibility by slowing down as you approach an intersection and being ready to take defensive action.
- You Enter a Blind Corner and run Into Gravel
Avoid the collision that may be waiting to happen in this situation by reducing your speed before you turn blind corners. Also, purposely make wide turns in these locations. Increase your speed after you can see that nothing dangerous is within your path.
- You Turn Corners too Quickly
When this happens, you may believe that you will not make it around the corner and will have to drop the bike. The reality is that your bike may be able to navigate it. When you believe you have gone too fast around a corner, just try to ride it out, and remember not to panic.
- A Vehicle Runs Into you While Changing Lanes
Motorists have blind spots, and you may be in them when you are riding next to them. You will know that you are in a safe spot if you can see the driver’s eyes in the mirrors. This means that you should be visible to the motorist. Be aware when traffic in the lane next to you is slowing down. This can mean that cars in that lane will want to move into your lane. As I've also discussed in my blog post on motorcycle lane splitting, while it is legal to drive between lanes on the freeways or surface streets of California, due care must be given to speed and distance between vehicles.
- You are hit From Behind
You can be in danger of being hit from behind while stopped at a stoplight. If there is one car in front of you, politely move in front so that you will be protected from the oncoming traffic behind you. If you are first in line, move your bike to the side. That way, you will not be directly in the path of a vehicle that may not see you.
- You are Traveling With Unsafe Riders
Riders have been known to run in to each other because they are not paying attention. Avoid these mishaps by riding in staggered formation. This increases your field of vision and makes collisions between riders less likely to occur.
- You Accidentally Lock Your Front Brakes
It’s not easy for beginners to manipulate the front brake because it is such a powerful tool, so it is easy to cause your bike to topple over when you misuse it. Avoid this type of disaster by finding a location with wide open spaces so that you can practice employing this instrument correctly.
- Someone Opens a Car Door in Front of You
It’s easy to keep this from happening to you. Don’t ride between parked vehicles and an active lane of traffic. Sometimes, you can’t avoid the car door. If this occurs, forcefully apply the brakes to lessen the damage.
- The Roads are Slick
This will only be a problem for you if you have not performed proper maintenance on your bike. If this describes you, you are in danger of being involved in a collision because of dilapidated tires. Make a point of inspecting your tires today. When it is time, replace them with new ones, and ride carefully when it rains or snows.
- You are Speeding
Speeding results in collisions more often than any other action you can perform on the roads. That’s because speeding makes it less likely that you will see the vehicles around you. To avoid crashes due to speeding, slow down.
The tips you learned will help you prevent the above-described collisions, but there are other things that you can do to make riding safer before you get on your bike. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers courses that teach you how to handle your bike and make the best judgments possible when you are on the road.
It’s also a good idea to wear safety gear. It will help prevent serious injuries if you are involved in a crash, but it will also make you more visible to other motorists on the road.Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are a motorcycle rider in Los Angeles, California, you have many opportunities to be involved in a collision with a vehicle. Because you are not surrounded by metal, you are susceptible to suffering very serious injuries. If this has already happened to you, you need to contact a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can help you fight an insurance company that is trying very hard to force you to accept a low settlement that is much less than you deserve. Contact the Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC on our TOLL FREE (24 hour a days 7 day a week) biker injury hotline: 866-966-5240.Related Resources