Millions of Americans drive motorcycles every single year. It can be a way of life, or a fun and stress-relieving hobby. Unfortunately, a number of bikers also get into dangerous or even deadly motorcycle accidents while on the road. What factors contribute the most to motorcycle accidents? What are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents? And how can accidents be avoided to maximize safety for everyone who shares the roads together?
Let’s take a look at the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and what you can do to prevent them. Whether you drive a motorcycle or you share the road with those who do, it’s important for everyone to do their part.
Sometimes, it’s not anybody’s fault but the manufacturer. And if they happen to make a faulty motorcycle, it could possibly cause an accident. This could happen when a part of the bike malfunctions. Some examples could be when safety mechanisms aren’t activated, when brakes fail, or when tires are not properly secured. Sometimes, the motorcycle may even be poorly designed, to begin with. This can be avoided by making sure the motorcycle you buy is of high-quality and safe.
If a vehicle driver opens a car door without warning in the path of an oncoming motorcyclist, the person riding the bike may collide into the door. This can cause both injury to the motorcyclist and expensive damage to both the motorcycle and the offending vehicle. If you ride a motorcycle, make sure you drive a safe speed and keep an eye out for car doors being opened. And if you drive a car or other vehicle with opening doors, make sure you check to see if any motorcyclists are in the path of you opening your door when you park along the street.
For drivers of all sorts of vehicles and cycles, speeding can be a major, leading cause of accidents. At high speeds, you may lose control of your ride or be unable to stop in time if there is an obstruction or safety hazard on the road ahead. Unexpected turns or merging lanes at top speed can also easily cause an accident. Nothing is worth the rush of speeding. If you think you may be late or need to get somewhere by a certain time, make sure you leave early to avoid the urge to speed. Besides being dangerous, speeding is also illegal and could lead to a ticket or loss of licensure.
Drivers who are under the influence are major causes of accidents and accident-related fatalities every year worldwide. If you cannot stay sober, don’t drive. It is simply not worth your life or someone else’s.