Top 3 Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are susceptible to sustaining serious injuries when involved in a collision with another vehicle or motorcycle. Although motorcycles offer their drivers a lot of freedoms, they lack the safety features of other larger motor vehicles. Motorcycles are harder to see on the road, and not all drivers watch the road or make every effort to check for motorcycles before turning or merging on the interstate. This lack of awareness can lead to devastating motorcycle accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are injured or killed in over 80% of all reported accidents. To decrease this statistic, motorcyclists and drivers should be aware of the three common causes of motorcycle accidents.
Learning to operate a vehicle requires extensive knowledge and skills. Learning to operate a motorcycle is incredibly different than driving a sedan or an SUV––it requires a different set of skills and knowledge altogether. Completing a Basic Rider Course (BRC) is a great way to learn how to safely ride and operate a motorcycle.
It’s important that drivers also know that completing a BRC is not enough—you also need to obtain licensure, which may help ensure that you understand the inherent limitations of your vehicle and how to safely operate it.
In about 43% of motorcycle accident fatalities, alcohol is a major contributing factor. Consuming any amount of alcohol before getting behind the wheel is dangerous for any driver or passenger on the road. Alcohol can impair a rider’s coordination, driving ability, and decision-making. In order to avoid a possible collision on your motorcycle––NEVER drink and drive.
If you’ve ever driven on the highway before, you’ve probably seen signs or stickers on other drivers’ vehicles that say “check for motorcycles.” The main reason for these signs is to raise awareness for motorcyclists on the road, which are easily missed by other drivers. Approximately one third of accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles are caused by drivers turning into the path of an oncoming motorcycle without checking first. Other vehicles and road conditions can limit visibility on the interstate, making it even more difficult to spot an oncoming motorcycle.
Do your part, pay attention to motorcycles around you, and always check before merging or turning onto the interstate.
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