Freedom on the open road, social gatherings, helping mother nature, and exciting.
These are just a few of the reason people enjoy riding motorcycles and make it their hobby.
Riding can be a extremely fun way to get from point A to point B.
Here are 9 common types of motorcycle accidents to watch out for when you are on your bike.
2015 Motorcycle Accident Stats from the National Center of Statistics and Analysis:
What is lane splitting?
Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist rides between lanes or rows of slow moving or stopped traffic.
In many countries, lane splitting is common, but it is illegal in most of the United States.
Legal or not, you’ll often see lane splitting in traffic jams.
Motorcyclists can ride on through, whereas regular motor vehicles cannot.
Unfortunately, it often causes accidents since motorists do not anticipate a motorcycle passing their vehicle in traffic.
Often, the distance the motorcyclist is trying to maneuver is narrow and they get within close proximity to other cars.
A door could suddenly open or change lanes, even a hand out a window could cause a motorcyclist to lose control.
As you read in the statistics, 74% of motorcycles involved in car traffic accidents where frontal collision. And only 7% were hit from behind.
How does a head-on collision happen?
Head-on accidents happen when a vehicle crosses the center line of a road, or if a vehicle is going down a street the wrong direction.
They also commonly happen in construction zones, 2 lane rural roads, and highway ramps.
What classifies as a high-performance motorcycle?
High-performance motorcycles, or sport motorcycles, are optimized for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering on paved roads.
Due to their ability to travel at excessive speeds, anywhere from 160 mph to over 200 mph, there is a greater risk of a drive losing control.
Motorcyclists involved in a crash on a high-performance bike have a death rate four times higher than those riding a traditional motorcycle.
Only experience riders should take high-performance motorcycles out on the roads.
As mentioned above, 33% of fatal motorcycle accidents involved the driver speeding.
This is significantly higher than other vehicles:
Excessive speeding is not just exceeding a posted speed limit, but can include racing and driving too fast for conditions, such as weather, pavement, and work zones.
27% of riders involved in fatal crashes had alcohol impairment, BACs of .08g/dL or higher.
Additionally, 7% of fatally injured riders had lower alcohol levels, BACs of .01 to .07 g/dL.
Whether you are driving a motorcycle, a bike, or a minivan, alcohol and driving don’t mix. Ever.
Roads hazards are unfortunately common, and numerous.
They can include
Since motorcycles are smaller than other motor vehicles, they are often less visible and have a higher risk of not being seen.
Over half of all motorcycle accidents happen when drivers turn left in front of a motorcyclist.
Hitting a simple object such as a guard rail, road sign, even a construction cone, can be just as dangerous for a rider as an accident involving a car.
When a motorcyclist hits a fixed object, it is often fatal because the rider is thrown from the bike and/or hits the object.
This can result in serious injury such as compacted spine, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents in the United States.
It doesn’t just include talking on the phone, but texting, eating, reading, grooming, or even talking to a passenger can cause a distraction.
When it comes to distracted driving, riders need to be attentive to other drivers.
It can just as easily be another motorist’s distracted driving that leads to an accident with a motorcycle.
No matter what type of vehicle you are driving, safety should always be a top priority while on the roads.
If you do find yourself in a motorcycle accident, first, go see a doctor, then talk to a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Be sure to take pictures of what happened, and document as much evidence of the wreck as possible.
You want an attorney who fights zealously for you, but also understands what you are going through. If another driver’s negligence leaves you with severe injuries, you deserve compensation.
Donna Frayne, at the Law Office of Donna Clark Frayne, LLC in St. Louis, is a motorcycle driver herself, and understands what you are going through.
She knows that driving a motorcycle can be a dangerous activity, but also understands the passion behind it.
Donna has more than 20 years of experience representing victims of motorcycle accidents.
We strive to create a stress-free environment where you can discuss your personal injury case and your needs.