There are not many feelings more amazing than riding a motorcycle and feeling truly free while out on the road. However, riding a motorcycle on any road can be extremely dangerous, and far more fatal due to the lack of protection in comparison to a car or a truck.
Nevertheless, understanding the risks and dangers of the causes of motorcycle accidents can help you stay mindful while you’re riding and help identify and prevent accidents. With this in mind, here are the top 10 common causes to remember.
#1 – Speeding
Perhaps the most common cause of accidents of motorcyclists is caused by speeding. Traveling at high speeds reduces the amount of reaction time you have to combat obstacles and dangers ahead of you.
#2 – Lane Splitting
‘Lane splitting’ is a type of riding where a motorcyclist will drive between two lanes of traffic, right down the middle. This can cause serious problems, especially in slow-moving traffic where drivers are least expecting it and may try and jump lanes.
#3 – Lane Changes
Whether you’re changing lanes yourself, or the cars around you are changing lanes, one of the most common accidents is people missing, or not properly checking, their mirrors while changing lines on a highway.
#4 – Right of Way Errors
Another common cause of dangerous and fatal motorcycle accidents is where someone is not paying attention at a right of way or the rules of an intersection.
#5 – Poor Road Conditions
If you’re traveling high-speeds on a bike across a road that’s poorly maintained, or there are poor weather conditions, this is a hugely increased risk of causing an accident due to losing of vehicle control.
#6 – DUI
If you’re riding your bike, or another biker is riding theirs, while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or powerful medication, this can be a huge risk to themselves and other drivers on the road.
#7 – Opening Vehicle Doors
This might seem like something out of the sketch, but the risk is very real, and common, when someone opens their vehicle door without checking, creating an obstacle for a motorcyclist.
#8 – Poor Bike Maintenance
If you own a motorcycle, you need to make sure you’re keeping it in perfect/optimal working condition. Otherwise, you run the risk of causing an accident at high-speeds.
#9 – Quick/Instant/Sudden Stops
If you’re riding a motorcycle close to someone’s, rear-end, following another bike, or just in general traffic, a sudden stop can bring you far closer to danger than you would if you were in a car. Keep your distance.
#10 – Inexperienced/Learner Drivers
While this is something outside of your control, it’s so important you’re aware of it. If someone is learning or recently passed (displaying stickers), you need to pay extra attention to them because they might not know how to react to a high-speed motorbike passing them.
As you can see, there are a lot of risks you want to think about and consider when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Be mindful of the risks while you’re riding, and you can actively help to prevent these incidents.
For more advice, or if you’ve found yourself involved in an accident, get in touch with an injury lawyer for help.