Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable motorists on the road. Unlike car drivers, motorcyclists are not enwrapped in a metal casing that can absorb the force of collision. They are more likely to receive a substantial amount of the force, get ejected, and get injured or killed.
For that reason alone, motorcyclists should be very diligent on the road, as a single mistake can lead to an accident that put not just them at risk, but also the others that will be directly or indirectly involved. Below are common motorcycle scenarios that can cause collisions and how you can avoid them.
Colliding with vehicles that are turning or changing lanes
You are diligently riding on the road when a car suddenly makes a left turn into an intersection in front of you. Most of the time, this is the car driver’s fault, because of his failure to consider blind spots and the speeds of the vehicles in his left side. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A., motorcycle accidents that have occurred because of a negligent party may be subject to personal injury lawsuits.
But whoever is at fault, the damage has been done. The motorcyclist has crashed into the side of the car and has ended up injured.
The same thing happens with car drivers who change lanes without consideration to the others around them. The maneuvers can cause motorcyclists to get hit, lose control, and crash.
The best way to avoid this is by being mindful of the vehicles around you and their speeds. Remember that you are more vulnerable than car drivers. So even if they are the ones who make the mistake, there is a possibility that you will sustain the more serious damage.
A common cause of motorcycle crashes is the failure to negotiate bends and curves in the road. Motorcyclists can be complacent because of the steering capabilities of their motorcycles, but sometimes this complacency can lead to misjudging the shape and sharpness of curves. It even becomes worse if the motorcyclist is going at a high rate of speed.
Failure to negotiate curves may force motorcyclists to hit the brakes, which can eject and injure them. It may also lead to motorcycles veering off roads, crashing into obstructions like trees, or going down embankments.
The key to avoid such accidents is to know your surroundings and not going above safe speeds, so you can react safely on unexpected circumstances.
Dealing with road hazards and other obstructions
You just successfully negotiated a curve, only to find out that there is a big rock directly into the path of your motorcycle wheels and you have no time to react. Such obstructions on the road, like patches of sand, animal dung, and other foreign objects, can put unnecessary strain in your front tire, causing you to slip and crash.
You should also watch out for potholes, dangling tree branches, and other obstacles that may also make you lose control of your motorcycle.
The best way to avoid this is by not traveling too fast, so you can react swiftly to unexpected hazards or avoid them outright.