Motorcycle crashes can be devastating, affecting thousands of lives yearly.
Understanding risk factors can lead to better safety measures, potentially saving lives and reducing the prevalence of road-related harm.
Other drivers’ negligence
Negligence and the inattention of other drivers often results in motorcycle crashes. When drivers fail to check their blind spots, make abrupt lane changes or don’t yield the right of way, they put motorcyclists at risk. The small size of motorcycles puts these travelers at greater risk of being struck by another vehicle, simply because they can be difficult to spot. Intersections are a primary area of concern because there are often hazards, such as shrubbery or parked cars, that can block the view of other drivers. All motorists should exercise caution near intersections (and everywhere else) to help keep motorcyclists safe.
Severe weather conditions can also lead to motorcycle crashes. Slippery and treacherous road conditions make it difficult for motorcyclists to maintain control. Visibility may be reduced, and stopping distances can increase, contributing to potential accidents. Riders can minimize the risk of crashes by being aware of weather conditions and taking appropriate precautions, such as reducing speed and using proper gear.
Sometimes, it’s the condition of the road itself that leads to a motorcycle crash. Potholes, uneven surfaces, loose gravel, and a lack of proper signage can all contribute to accidents. When a road is in poor condition, it can be especially hazardous for motorcyclists who rely on stability and smooth surfaces for safe riding. Even something as seemingly innocent as grass clippings on the road can cause problems for a motorcyclist. Those clippings become slick if they’re damp or wet. This can lead to the motorcyclist losing control, which could result in them falling. A simple fall can result in injury, but there’s a chance the motorcyclist may fall into the path of oncoming traffic, which can lead to death.
Ultimately, a motorcyclist injured in a crash caused by another party’s negligence may seek compensation. State law sets time limits for these cases, so getting things moving quickly is important.