Spring is nearly here and many motorcyclists are getting ready to take to the roads again in Loves Park. Whether you ride your motorcycle for transportation, recreation, or a little of both, you probably know that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, in 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists died in accidents and 93,000 more were hurt.
What Are the Major Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Many motorcycle accidents occur under the following conditions:
- Curves. Some of the curves on country roads are flat and even—others tighten up considerably, causing a motorcyclist to lose control if he approaches at a high rate of speed.
- Intersections. Many motorcycle crashes happen at intersections—often when a motorist fails to see the motorcycle and turns into its path.
- Tailgating. A motorcyclist who follows the car in front too closely is inviting a rear-end crash, which may occur when the lead vehicle slows down or stops suddenly.
- Poor conditions. One of the challenges of riding a motorcycle is dealing with less-than-ideal road and weather conditions. Failing to navigate slippery, wet, or muddy roads can lead to severe motorcycle accidents.
- Passing. Safe passing requires good judgment and knowledge of what the motorcycle can do. Passing without enough room or passing without proper visibility can cause a severe motorcycle accident—perhaps even a head-on collision.
Safe motorcycling is a skill that needs to be developed. If you have not ridden for a while, take the time to re-familiarize yourself with your bike and practice some simple drills in an empty parking lot before heading back out on the road. You may also find it helpful to take a motorcycle refresher course.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent motorist, contact our office to schedule a fast, free, and confidential case evaluation.