Motorcyclists are at a higher risk of injury or death when riding on the highway. Because motorcyclists lack any surrounding protective structure on their vehicles, they are more likely to suffer severe or fatal injuries when involved in an accident. On average, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely than passenger car drivers to die in a crash and are over five times as likely to be injured. The majority of motorcycle accidents can be prevented by remaining aware of your surroundings and practicing safe driving etiquette. Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
Speeding is the most common cause of all highway accidents. Many people buy sports motorcycles for their lightweight and fast acceleration features. However, the fatality rate among sports bike riders is two to four times that of conventional motorcyclists. Without the protection of a conventional vehicle, motorcycle riders are exposed to the elements in the event of a collision.
Driving Under the Influence
Alcohol impairs judgment, both on and off the roads. Riding a motorcycle requires lightning-fast reflexes, and even a small amount of alcohol can reduce reaction times. An average of nearly 40% of all single-vehicle motorcycle fatalities involves alcohol. Also, 26% of multiple-vehicle crash fatalities included motorcyclists with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit.
Larger vehicles changing lanes or merging are also a constant threat to motorcyclists. Smaller motorcycles are easier to miss when changing lanes. Drivers may not notice you in their blindspot. Never linger in a motorist’s or trucker’s blind spot to help avoid sideswipe accidents.
Following too close or tailgating is a major cause of all highway accidents. While a rear-end car accident does not lead to serious damage. A rear-end accident involving a motorcycle can cause severe injuries if the collision ejects the rider from the bike. There is no set safe distance as it varies according to the speed. However, it is best to leave at least a three-second traveling distance behind other vehicles in order to avoid collisions.
Left Hand Turns
Right-of-way errors or misjudgments of distance while making a left turn are common causes of injury and death to motorcycle riders. Unfortunately, motorcycles are more difficult to see. Many motorists do not take enough time to look for motorcycles before turning left at an intersection.
If you have suffered a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today to receive the representation you deserve.
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