While riding a motorcycle can be a fun, exhilarating experience, it’s also dangerous. Motorcyclists are at much greater risk of serious injury than drivers or passengers in cars and trucks. Motorcycle accidents are common and usually involve another vehicle or objects on the road. Here are some common causes of motorcycle accidents.
Obstruction From Other Traffic
Some of the common causes of obstruction from other traffic include;
- Other vehicles: other drivers, including pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.
- Road conditions: weather, road surfaces, and visibility.
- Road signs and markings: these can be obscured by dirt or snow on your visor.
- Road design: blind corners that may not have a clear view of oncoming traffic or where you might be hidden from view by vegetation on either side of the road. You need to be extremely vigilant at all times while riding in rural areas as they are more likely to have blind corners than urban ones.
Cornering Too Fast
Cornering too fast is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. It can cause you to lose control of your bike and crash into other vehicles. Cornering too fast can also make it difficult for drivers around you to see you, which increases your risk of an accident. You should always take turns slowly, especially if there are other vehicles on the road or if it’s raining or foggy outside.
You should also make sure that you aren’t speeding when doing any type of maneuver on a motorcycle because this could result in a collision with another vehicle as well as serious injuries due to impact with asphalt surface or guard railings.
Loose Gravel on The Road
Loose gravel on the road can cause skids, loss of control, and a host of other problems.
- Skids: When you hit loose gravel, it’s easy for your tires to lose traction. If this happens at high speed, you could easily lose control of your bike and crash into something or someone else.
- Loss of control: This isn’t necessarily related to skidding but can result from it as well. If you don’t have any traction on the road surface because of loose gravel, then there’s no way that you’ll be able to steer in any direction—so much so that even turning may not be enough to correct yourself if something goes wrong.
- Loss of traction: Having no grip means that nothing is keeping the tires connected with their contact point on the ground; they simply slide along without actually “touching” anything below them
Unroadworthy motorcycles are one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Unroadworthy vehicles can be caused by a fault in the vehicle or its driver, and can include:
- Bad brakes
- Bad tires
- Bad steering
- Bad suspension
- Bad lights
As you can see, there are many causes of motorcycle accidents and many ways to prevent them. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, seek medical attention to ensure that all the injuries are attended to.