As a motorcycle rider, you know there are inherent risks involved in operating a two-wheeled vehicle. But even with all the precautions, you take – wearing a helmet, staying aware of your surroundings, etc. – accidents can and still do happen. In some cases, these accidents could have been prevented if the rider had been more vigilant. Here are the seven most common motorcycle accidents that can occur when you aren’t careful and ways you can avoid them.
Sideswipe by a Car
Getting sideswiped by a car usually happens when a car changes lanes into the path of a motorcycle. Be sure to ride in the middle of the lane where you’re less likely to be hit by a vehicle changing lanes. You should also be aware of vehicles around you and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.
If you end up in an accident due to a car driver’s fault, consider hiring a personal injury lawyer to sue the other party. And if you think sideswiping isn’t a big deal, read this blog about motorcycle accident statistics to know more.
Hitting a Fixed Object
Hitting a fixed object, like a guardrail, lamppost, or tree occurs when you go too fast and lose control of your bike. To avoid this type of accident, it’s important to always ride within your limits and never push your bike beyond its capabilities.
Other safety tips to consider include:
- Always be aware of your surroundings and know what is ahead of you on the road
- Avoiding riding in bad weather conditions
- Check your bike before every ride to ensure it is in good working condition.
Head-on Collision with a Car
Such a collision obviously can be very serious, even fatal. To avoid this type of accident, always ride defensively and assume that drivers cannot see you. This means riding with your headlights on at all times and wearing reflective gear to increase your visibility. You should also avoid riding in a car’s blind spot.
Rear-Ended by a Car
Getting rear-ended by a car occurs when the car driver doesn’t see the motorcycle and fails to stop in time. Use your turn signals when changing lanes or making turns. You should also avoid tailgating and always leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
Left Turn by a Car
A car making a left turn in front of a motorcycle is one of the most dangerous situations for a rider. Look out for oncoming traffic when approaching an intersection and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary. You should also ensure you have a clear view of the oncoming traffic before proceeding through an intersection.
Splitting of Lanes
When a motorcycle rider tries to ride between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic, an accident can occur. While it may seem like a good way to get around traffic, it is very dangerous and illegal in most states. Always ride in the designated lane for motorcycles and never try to weave in and out of traffic.
Hitting a Pothole
Hitting a pothole can cause serious damage to your motorcycle, and it can also be dangerous if you lose control of your bike when you hit one. To avoid this, always look for potholes and other road hazards. If you see one, slow down and proceed with caution.
These are just some of the most common motorcycle accidents that can happen when you’re not being vigilant. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll never be involved in an accident, following these safety tips can help you avoid some of the most dangerous situations.