It is well-known that motorcyclists face a host of dangers on the road. Examining a five-year period, there were 137 fatal motorcycle crashes in Idaho. Even taking proper safety measures, a motorcyclist’s safety is a major concern.
To help you stay safe on the road, Andrew Injury Law has compiled a list of the most common types of motorcycle accidents and tips to keep you safe.
Motorcyclist injuries and fatalities are not just a problem in the Potato State. In 2021, motorcyclists in the United States experienced the following:
Unsafe Lane Changes
Motorcyclists must always be ready for unpredictable lane changes. If another driver decides to switch lanes without notice, a motorcyclist is placed in significant danger. Other drivers may cut off motorcyclists if the motorcycle is in the vehicle’s blind spot. Sudden lane changes can cause a motorcyclist to swerve or lose control of the bike.
Speeding is a top contributor to motorcycle accidents. The faster a driver is going, the less time they have to react to what is ahead and the longer their stopping time.
You cannot rely on another driver to remain vigilant behind the wheel. Sadly, almost 50% of motorcycle accidents are caused by a left-turning vehicle failing to see a motorcyclist.
These left-turn accidents are not confined to approaching vehicles; drivers may fail to see a motorcyclist who is trying to pass them. Be cautious when overtaking another vehicle; not all drivers use their turn signals, so use caution before attempting to pass a car on the left.
If the vehicle in front of you comes to an unexpected stop, a motorcyclist may not have enough time to react. The same holds true if a motorcyclist suddenly stops or slows down. Since a motorcyclist can slow down simply by letting off the throttle, cars and trucks may not realize you are slowing down.
Hazardous Road Conditions
Uneven surfaces and inclement weather put motorcyclists at more risk of being involved in a collision. A motorcyclist must drive with caution when navigating slippery roads and any unsafe road conditions.
Motorcyclists should make sure that they are “road ready” before each ride. The following tips are divided into tasks to complete before getting on your bike and while on the road.
Since motorcyclists are at a greater risk on the road, it is important that you do everything within your power to protect yourself. Even taking all precautions, a motorcyclist may still get hit. If you have been in an accident, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
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