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What Are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Did you know that motorcycle riders are twenty-nine times more likely to die in a crash than car passengers for every mile traveled?

If you’re a motorcycle rider or are considering starting riding one, it’s important that you’re aware of the causes of motorcycle accidents. By knowing this you can become a safer driver. 

If you want to ride your motorcycle as safely as you possibly can, read on and we’ll tell you what you need to know. 

Why Motorcycles Are Risky and How to Be Safer

No matter what kind of vehicle you use to travel with, there are risks involved. Even though many people get in car accidents, those who travel in automobiles are less likely to be injured because they are usually wearing seatbelts and have their cars to protect them from collisions. 

Unfortunately, those who ride motorcycles don’t have these kinds of protection. This is why it’s important that motorcycle riders make smart decisions while on the road. 

If you want to be safer on your motorcycle, make sure that you never leave home without your helmet. You should invest in the highest quality helmet that you possibly can in order to avoid getting in a motorcycle accident. 

If you aren’t comfortable riding your motorcycle on a busy road, you should also consider enrolling in a motorcycle safety course. 

One of the Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents: Left-Turning Cars

When a car turns left in front of you while you are on a motorcycle, it’s easy to get into a motorcycle accident. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to know how to recognize if a car that’s in front of you is about to turn. 

If the car in front of you is waiting at an intersection or in a gap between traffic, it’s a good idea to simply assume that the car is planning to make a turn. Make sure to slow down before you get too close to the car. 

Accidents often happen when motorcycle drivers try to pass left-turning cars. It’s often the case that cars don’t see the motorcycle that’s passing them. They therefore will often collide with passing motorcycles. 

Slipping on a Patch of Gravel

One of the most common motorcycle accident causes has to do with patches of gravel that riders don’t see until it is too late. Many riders who are fortunate enough to live from these experiences report that they didn’t see the gravel that they slipped on until it was too late. 

If you’re going too quickly around a sharp turn and hit a patch of gravel, you’re probably going to lose control and your motorcycle might slip onto its side. If you want to practice motorcycle safety, consider slowing down and making wide turns around corners. This will help you to increase your range of vision so that you’ll spot gravel patches before it’s too late. 

A Car Switches Lanes in Front of You

If you’ve been riding your motorcycle for a while, you’ve probably found yourself in a situation where a driver doesn’t see you and cuts you off.

It’s one of the leading motorcycle accident causes and it can be frustrating when you get into an accident that’s not your fault. If you’re unfortunate enough to have this happen to you, it’s important that you get Georgia’s best motorcycle accident lawyer. Georgia Auto Law Auto Accident Attorneys do everything in their power to make the roads safer for motorcycle drivers.  

Getting Hit From Behind

Rear-end collisions can be one of the most deadly kinds of motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, it’s often the case that it’s not the motorcycle rider’s fault.

Rear-end collisions often happen when the motorcycle rider needs to quickly stop without notice. Maybe the rider is avoiding a dog that’s crossing the road, or maybe there’s a pedestrian. If you want to avoid this kind of collision, you should try to pull to the shoulder of the road if it’s necessary for you to make a sudden stop. 

Hitting an Open Car Door

Since cars greatly outnumber motorcycles on the road, most drivers are not on the lookout for motorcycle riders. This is why it’s so common for people to open their car doors without looking behind them in order to make sure that there is no oncoming traffic. 

The best way to avoid this kind of accident is to stay focused on the road ahead. Don’t assume that the coast is clear just because there are no moving vehicles in front of you. The second that you take your eyes away from the road, it’s possible that somebody will open their car door. 

Drunk Driving

It can be tempting to think that nothing will happen to you if you drive your motorcycle when you are inebriated. What many people don’t realize is that drinking and driving greatly heighten the likelihood that you’ll be in an accident. 

If you don’t drink and drive, you also have to worry about others on the road who do. This is why it’s important that you know how to recognize the signs of a drunk driver. If you do suspect that somebody is driving while drunk, keep a distance from them and call the police. 

Hire a Top Motorcycle Lawyer if You Get In an Accident

There are many different causes of motorcycle accidents. Even though accidents are not always the motorcycle rider’s fault, motorcycle riders are much more likely to get injured in an accident than automobile drivers. 

In the unfortunate circumstance that you do get in a motorcycle accident, it’s important that you hire the best lawyer that you can get. As Georgia’s auto accident lawyers, Georgia Auto Law Auto Accident Attorneys can help you to get the most compensation that is possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact Georgia Auto Law Auto Accident Attorneys to find out more about how we can help you. 

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