According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger car occupants. Motorcycle accidents can be devastating and result in serious injuries, long-term disabilities, and even fatalities. So, it's crucial for motorcyclists to understand the common causes of motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them. In this blog post, we'll discuss seven common causes of motorcycle accidents and provide practical tips to help you stay safe on the road.
1. Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents for all drivers, including motorcyclists. Distractions can include texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, or using a GPS device. As a motorcyclist, it's essential to stay focused on the road and avoid distractions.
As always while riding, keep your head on a swivel and watch for any drivers who aren't paying attention to the road.
Speeding is another common cause of motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists should always obey the speed limit and adjust their speed based on weather and road conditions. Excessive speed reduces your reaction time and increases the risk of losing control of your motorcycle.
3. Lane Splitting
Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist rides between two lanes of traffic. It is illegal to lane split in Florida, but even where it's legal, it can be dangerous and lead to accidents.
4. Impaired Driving
Drinking and driving is a leading cause of accidents for all drivers, including motorcyclists. Never drink and ride. If you plan to drink, arrange for a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service.
5. Inexperienced Riders
Inexperienced riders are more likely to get into accidents than experienced riders. If you're a new rider, take a motorcycle safety course and practice your skills in a safe and controlled environment before hitting the road.
6. Road Hazards
Road hazards such as potholes, debris, and uneven pavement can be dangerous for motorcyclists. Always be aware of your surroundings and scan the road ahead for potential hazards. Slow down and navigate around them safely.
7. Turning Vehicles
Turning vehicles are a common cause of accidents for motorcyclists. Drivers may not see motorcyclists or misjudge their speed and distance. As a motorcyclist, be extra cautious when approaching intersections and always assume that other drivers may not see you.
Understanding the common causes of motorcycle accidents and taking steps to avoid them can help keep you safe on the road. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Glober + Glober, Attorneys, P.A. for legal guidance and representation. We have years of experience helping clients recover compensation for their injuries and losses.