Safety is a concern for anyone on the road, and motorcyclists are no different. Many motorcyclists are fans of riding their bike at top speeds, equipping them with accessories and tools to make them go faster. Some of these accessories can include lighter wheels, an aftermarket exhaust system, and Bridgestone motorcycle tires. This could cause you to think that speeding is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents. Though accounting for almost half of most motorcycle accidents, it is not the most common cause. Other drivers, particularly those in cars, are the single most common cause of an accident involving a motorcyclist. If you’re a frequent rider or are a driver looking to become more aware of motorcyclists, here’s what you need to know.
Car behaviors to look out for
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, motorcyclists are almost twenty-seven times more likely to die in an accident than drivers of cars, on a per mile comparison. Motorcycle riders were five times as likely to be injured in a crash. These statistics speak to the importance of keeping your awareness and focus up when riding your bike, and paying particular attention to the way other vehicles around you are driving. Especially at intersections, it’s important that you are aware of your surroundings since left turns are one of the easiest ways to get struck by an automobile when riding on your bike. You also never want to run through a stalled yellow light or a red light at an intersection, since that increases the chances that you may be hit by another driver.
Another behavior to be on the lookout for is cars that are changing lanes frequently. Be aware of common blind spots and avoid riding in them to reduce your risk of behind side swiped by a car on the road. Similarly, if you are trying to pass a car on the road, exercise caution when doing so, as this may also put you in drivers’ blind spots. Staying present while riding will allow you to take in information about other drivers and will help keep you safe when riding.
Risky behaviors you can avoid as a rider
While other cars and drivers are often at fault for accidents with motorcyclists, it’s just as important that you are a safe rider on the road, too. One of the riskiest behaviors as a motorcyclist is driving in excess of the speed limit. Because you have such an increased chance of death or injury on a motorcycle, be sure to follow all traffic laws to reduce the chance that you are involved in an accident. Similarly, it’s important that you wear the proper equipment and gear when you’re riding. Wearing a helmet is imperative when you’re on a motorcycle, and could be the difference between a soft tissue injury or something more serious. Make sure to avoid lane splitting, too, which is when you drive on the lane lines in between cars that are stopped or driving more slowly.
While motorcyclists are made for speed, it’s important to follow proper safety precautions and traffic laws when you’re riding on one. Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of death and injury when in an accident on the road, making it even more important to follow safe driving practices.
Familiarize yourself with the types of situations and behaviors that are especially dangerous for motorcyclists and be on the lookout for them when you’re riding. By following common sense, you can avoid accidents and enjoy your motorcycle for many years to come.