Every time you ride your motorcycle, you assume some level of risk, and this is true even if you always wear protective gear and consistently follow the rules of the road. Because there is so little that stands between you and the roadway, you are also more likely to suffer a serious injury following an accident on your motorcycle than you would be in a car.
Educating yourself about common causes of motorcycle accidents may help you learn to avoid them, so it is important to recognize that many motorcycle accidents result from:
Cars in front of motorcyclists turning left
The single most common cause of modern motorcycle accidents is other motorists making left turns in front of bikers. Many drivers have a hard time estimating the speed of motorcycles, so they may mistakenly believe they have time to make a left turn before you come through the intersection. Some motorists also are not looking for motorcycles when turning, and they see an absence of cars and mistakenly assume the intersection is clear.
Vehicles changing lanes ahead of bikers
Another common factor in many motorcycle accidents involves car drivers trying to change lanes in front of you. Because of your small size on a bike when compared to passenger vehicles, you sometimes disappear into other drivers’ blind spots, meaning motorists may cut you off unintentionally, but with deadly results.
Vehicles striking motorcyclists from behind
When you get into a fender bender driving a car, you may suffer only minor injuries or minimal damage to your vehicle, but when a driver strikes you from behind and you are on a motorcycle, the repercussions can prove far more severe. You may face a higher likelihood of getting struck from behind after dark, or when something unexpected pops up in the roadway, such as an animal or another obstacle.
While there is only so much you can do when other drivers make bad choices, you can improve your chances of avoiding serious injuries by always wearing a helmet and obeying all traffic laws.