Motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere. When they do, there is more risk of severe injury or death due to the design of a motorcycle. Bikes are inherently less crashworthy than cars because nothing protects the rider from impact.
Still, those who love to ride are aware of the increased risks and may likely take extra precautions to stay safe on the road. Even the most experienced riders can’t predict what other motorists will do, and it turns out its other motorists who present the greatest danger to motorcycles.
Where traffic is heavy, accidents are likely
A scenic country route can have its own risks. Winding curves, potholes, and debris on a backroad can all cause a rider to crash, but backroads have less traffic. Urban areas appear to be the greatest threat to a peaceful ride.
Nearly 80% of riders are hit at the front in a two-vehicle collision, while 40% of those occur while the motorcycle is turning left. These facts give rise to a belief that intersections present a significant danger to bikers. Several factors may lead to these statistics, including:
- Bikes are harder to see than cars.
- Distracted driving may play a part.
- Either the motorist or motorcycle speeding.
- A misjudgment of space or speed.
Regardless of why these accidents occur at such an alarming rate, staying alert can help save your life. Wearing proper gear, including a helmet, gloves, and ankle-covering shoes can help minimize injury in an accident.
Still, nobody plans an accident, and even safe riders can have them. Suppose you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident caused by another motorist. In that case, you may be wondering what you can do to recoup your losses. In that case, learning more about the laws regarding personal injury may help protect you.