Motorcycles offer riders an unparalleled level of freedom on the road, but their very design makes riders especially vulnerable to serious accidents. While motorcycle crashes happen for a wide variety of reasons, certain types of accidents are more frequent than others. In this blog, our Dalton accident attorneys explore three of the most common types of motorcycle crashes, as well as how you can help prevent them.
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1. WHEN A CAR TURNS LEFT IN FRONT OF YOUThese are the most common types of car accidents, and are also some of the most deadly. For a multitude of reasons, drivers often fail to spot motorcycles when making a left hand turn. In many other cases, the driver sees you, but does not properly judge your speed. Motorcyclists aren’t the only ones in danger, either – this is one of the most common types of car accidents, too.
Many experienced motorcycle riders will tell you that the key to safe riding is to treat every vehicle and obstacle as a threat, no matter how harmless they seem. When approaching an intersection, or passing by a driveway or shopping center entryway, stay alert and prepare to take evasive action.
2. WHEN A CAR MERGES INTO YOUThis is another type of accident in which the motorcycle rider is at a huge disadvantage. These accidents are often seen on the freeway, but also commonly occur on city streets – especially at night, when visibility is low. Unfortunately, a rider’s ability to recover from a side impact is typically minimal, at best.
While many riders hate “cages,” being familiar with a car’s blind spots can help you ride much more safely. Avoid blind spots whenever possible, and spend as little time in them when forced to ride through them. Also consider the flow of traffic – if one lane is moving much faster than the others, drivers will likely attempt to work their way over to the fast lane.
3. WHEN THE DOOR OF A PARKED CAR OPENSThese accidents are incredibly dangerous, but also relatively easy to avoid. People typically fail to look at oncoming traffic when swinging their doors open, and often step out of the car without so much as a glance behind them.
Bicyclists refer to the area next to parked cars as the “death zone,” as these types of accidents have claimed the lives of many cyclists. While motorcycles are a bit more robust, they are still no match for a solid steel door.
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