Motorcycles take convenience and freedom to the next level. But as exhilarating as they can be, it’s also important to remember that motorcycles offer less protection than other vehicles. In fact, over 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in 2020 alone. 14% of all traffic fatalities are motorcycle riders, and 17% of occupant fatalities are motorcycle crashes. What are the leading causes of these accidents?
Here, we cover some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them. Keep reading…
Weather and Roadway Conditions
Unfavorable weather conditions like rain, snow, and ice can cause poor road traction. They can lead to sliding, loss of control, and decreased visibility. Moreover, potholes, gravel, and other road hazards can be dangerous.
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns
A car making a left-hand turn sometimes fails to see an approaching motorcyclist and turns in front of them, leading to a collision.
Distracted Drivers, Other Roadway Users, and Traffic Threats
Many distractions, such as texting and driving, can lead to accidents. Also, pedestrians and bicyclists can sometimes be unpredictable, as well as traffic violations such as lane splitting.
Alcohol and Drug Use
Alcohol and drugs impair motor skills and reduce reaction time, increasing the likelihood of an accident.
Going above the speed limit can reduce reaction time, making it more difficult to react in dangerous situations.
Lack of Experience
A rider won’t be ready for any potential risks or hazards without sufficient experience on the road.
Physical and Emotional Impairment
Riding while impaired by stress, fatigue, or illness affects reaction time and increases the risk of an accident.
Some riders don’t properly maintain their motorcycles, leading to mechanical problems that cause crashes.
Tips To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
Here are a few tips for avoiding motorcycle accidents, whether you’re a motorcyclist or an automobile driver:
- Prioritize Basic Preventative Maintenance: Take the time to do basic maintenance checks. Ensure the brakes, lights,, and signals work properly, and the tires have the correct air pressure.
- Gear Up and Be Seen: Wear the right gear, including a helmet and protective clothing. Use reflective tape or lights to increase visibility to other drivers. Poor visibility increases the chances of a motorcycle accident, so try to ride only during daylight hours and in good weather.
- Pay Attention to Where You Ride and Stop: Be aware of your surroundings, especially at intersections. Follow all the traffic regulations and always be alert for other drivers.
- Never Drink and Drive: 27% of motorcycle accident deaths involve alcohol, so no matter the mode of transportation, don’t drink and drive.
- Take a Safety Course: A safety course before your first ride helps you learn the ins and outs of motorcycle safety. Experienced riders can also benefit from a refresher course.
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Accidents happen when you least expect them. And when they do, our team of experienced motorcycle accident attorneys is here to help. We serve individuals and families in Toledo and the surrounding areas in Northwest Ohio with our knowledge and resources.
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Jonathan Ashton, Partner and Personal Injury Attorney, began his law career at GT&B in 2007 as a law clerk. He was hired as an associate immediately after passing the Ohio Bar in 2008. Jonathan practices in Personal Injury, representing clients who have been injured and need justice and compensation for them to move forward in their lives.