Riding a motorcycle is a way of life for most of us. We not only use our bikes as transportation but as an expression of our personalities. We know the dangers of getting on that motorcycle, which is why you will hear "Ride safe" or "Keep it rubber side down" from fellow riders. We know that we must always keep vigilant to counter balance the the risk of riding, which is why we remind others to "ride safe" too. Below are the 10 most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
Unsafe lane changes. A driver risks colliding with a motorcyclist when he or she fails to check his or her blind spot or signal when changing lanes.
Car doors. Some motorcycle accidents occur when a driver opens the door of their parked vehicle in the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
Speeding. A leading cause of all types of auto accidents, speeding reduces a vehicle’s chance of seeing and reacting to other drivers in time to prevent a collision. The higher the speed, the greater the impact and the more severe the consequences.
Driving under the influence. Drivers who cause accidents because they were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may face both civil and criminal liability.
Lane splitting. Driving between two lanes of traffic is called “lane splitting.” This practice is not legal in all states and is especially dangerous for inexperienced riders.
Sudden stops. Rear-end accidents resulting from following too closely or an abrupt stop can result in serious injury or death to a motorcyclist.
Inexperienced drivers. Inexperienced drivers are likely to make unsafe moves on the road that could compromise the safety of other motorists.
Left turn accidents. Right of way errors or misjudgments of distance while making a left turn are common causes of injury and death to motorcycle riders.
Dangerous road conditions. Crumbling pavement, potholes, debris, and a lack of necessary signals and signs can all increase a motorcycle rider’s chances of losing control of his or her vehicle.
Motorcycle defects. The manufacturer of a poorly designed or manufactured motorcycle part can be held liable for any injuries or deaths arising from use of the defective part.
This is just a start in creating a deeper awareness about your motorcycle safety. It would be good practice to make a check list for yourself each time you saddle up. The more aware you are of your motorcycle and the surrounding area the more safe you and others around you will be.