Common Motorcycle Crashes
As bright as the sunny california, you’ll see a lot of bikers out there roaming the road since it’s the perfect weather to go outside. Yet, road accidents becomes frequent as well.
According to the federal government, per mile traveled in 2006, there were 35 times more deaths from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents. Because of these alarming statistics, it pays for motorcyclists to learn about the most frequent causes of accidents and then use this information to reduce their level of risk.
- Motorcycles in Head-On Collisions
Crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles account for 56% of motorcycle accident deaths. In the vast majority of these accidents, the car strikes the motorcycle from the front –78% of the time. (The car strikes the motorcycle from the rear only 5% of the time.) Head-on collisions between a car and a motorcycle are often fatal to the motorcyclist.
- Cars Making Left-Hand Turns
The single most dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when cars are making left-hand turns. These collisions account for 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car. Usually, the turning car strikes the motorcycle when the motorcycle is:
- Going straight through an intersection
- Passing the car, or
- Trying to overtake the car.
- Motorcycle Lane Splitting
Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars, usually in traffic jams. Lane splitting is a common cause of motorcycle accidents due to several factors:
- the close proximity of the cars to the motorcycle
- the reduced space the motorcycle has to maneuver, and
- the fact that the cars don’t anticipate that any vehicle or motorcycle will be passing them in slowed or stopped traffic.
- Motorcyclist Speeding & Alcohol Use
About half of the accidents involving a single motorcycle are caused by speeding or alcohol use. This statistic is not surprising and these factors play a large role in accidents among cars and other vehicles as well. However, because motorcycles don’t provide much protection to the rider, crashes involving speeding or alcohol are much more likely to result in death or serious injury.
- Collisions Between Motorcycles and Fixed Objects
Motorcycles colliding with fixed objects accounts for 25% of motorcyclist deaths, but just 18% of car crash deaths. Again, because the motorcyclist is not surrounded by a box of metal and is likely to be thrown far and hard, such accidents are more deadly when riding a motorcycle.
- Road Hazards Facing Motorcyclists
Motorcycles face higher dangers from road hazards than do cars and other vehicles. Due to the smaller size and less stable nature of the motorcycle, potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, and other irregularities or unexpected objects in the road pose a serious safety threat to motorcycles.
Motorcyclists than car drivers are more at risk for fatal or serious accidents on the road. Yet, motorcycle riders can prevent this whether it be taking extra care when lane splitting, anticipating road hazards, or resisting the temptation to speed.
BE SMART. BE SAFE.
Riding a motorcycle is obviously dangerous.
To reduce the possibilities of getting injured, we must be educated and be protective to ourselves. Aside from gears and knowledge. Hiring an attorney can help us in the most possible way in case we are involved in an accident or unfortunately, get injured.