Motorcycle Accident: Causes and Tips on How Riders can Stay Safe...

The many great conveniences that motorcycles provide riders with, make up the reasons why these have become excellent means of transportation, especially for those who hate costly gas expenses and traffic. The only major concern with motorcyclists is their vulnerability to severe injuries for, other than the helmet, they have no other gear that will protect their body in the event of an accident. Thus, to reduce the possibility of sustaining serious injuries, the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), the world’s largest motorcycling organization, encourages all motorcyclists, especially its members, to always wear protective gloves, pants, jacket, footwear, and especially a helmet that fits the standards of safety required by the US Department of Transportation.

In 2012 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded as many as 112,000 motorcycle accidents; 93,000 of which were injurious, while 4,957 were fatal. This only means that though motorcycles offer lots of conveniences, these are also very prone to dangers.

While the major cause of fatality of motorcyclists is head-on collision with another motor vehicle, there are many other forms of accidents that can leave riders with a severe injury, an amputated limb or permanent disability – all of these, though, one should bear in mind, are due to negligence or carelessness of the riders themselves, of the other vehicle’s driver, or of someone who never did his/her job well (such as a road constructor or someone from the city government). From these three is the list of other causes of accidents, which include: poor riding skills, drunk riding, collisions with fixed objects, overspeeding, motorcycle lane splitting (which is when a rider passes between two stopped or slow-moving vehicles during heavy traffic), the driver of another vehicle failing to notice a motorcyclist while making a left-hand turn, other vehicles not giving the motorcycle its right of way, tailgating a motorcycle, poor vehicle visibility and/or stability on bad weathers, defective roads, road hazards, and so forth.

Though accidents do happen, having the proper riding skills, wearing the correct gears and always making use of common sense may just keep a rider away from these and other road angers. For a safer and truly enjoyable ride, motorcycle experts offer the following advice:

  • Enroll in a riding course, as much as possible, where one can learn the basics of riding a motorcycle as well as evasive maneuvers during emergencies
  • An over-the-ankle footwear and a reinforced, padded or leather jacket would be perfect with a pair of gloves and full pants for maximum protection against the chilling wind, flying bugs and road rash injuries. Bright colored gear would be recommended for easy detection by other drivers; otherwise, reflective labels on the bike or clothing will do
  • Never tailgate, especially a truck, and always keep an eye out for vehicles pulling out from parking spaces or side streets, or those making sudden lane changes. Keep away from drivers who are texting or using a phone while driving.
  • If there is bad weather, such as heavy rains, visibility is always affected and, due to the wet, slippery road, cornering and too much maneuvering can be dangerous as the tire’s grip on the road would definitely be affected. Therefore, make sure that you ride carefully
  • Stones, pebbles, sand, and an oily patch on the road can cause accidents that may result in severe injuries; therefore, make sure you always watch out for road hazards.

Motorcycle accidents due to road hazards or those wherein other vehicles are involved (called multiple-vehicle accidents) are usually the fault of a person other than the motorcycle rider. It will be very helpful for the injured rider to get in touch with an Madison car accident attorney, who will help the rider assess the situation and file the necessary lawsuit that may enable the rider to receive the compensation that he or she legally deserves.