Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that a large proportion of fatal automotive accidents involve motorcyclists. The organization reports that 5,014 motorcycle operators perished in such incidents in 2019.
Given the fact that they lack the protective exterior that guards vehicles like cars and trucks, motorcycles are deadlier to drive in the first place. There are, however, circumstances that are more likely to result in an individual wrecking one than others.
1. Left-hand turns
Many motorcycle accidents occur when cars make left turns directly in front of motorcyclists who are trying to pass or overtake them or drive through an intersection. This is in part due to the smaller build of motorcycles making them less visible to other drivers. Measures like checking carefully for any vehicles that may be about to turn and looking in both directions a second time may help avoid an accident.
2. Lane switching
The small size of motorcycles also means motor operators switching lanes may not notice them as they begin to move over. They are also easy to overlook in blind spots. Drivers may be able to alleviate some of the risks by trying to anticipate if another driver is about to switch lanes. Possible indicators include turn signals and the driver swiveling or checking mirrors.
3. Poor decisions
Motorbikes are more difficult to maneuver than other vehicles. Unwise actions like driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs increase the likelihood of losing control. Speeding and weaving swiftly in-between lanes also raise the chances of a wreck happening.
There are options for those injured in a motorcycle wreck who experience worry about financial difficulties associated with missing work or medical bills. However, exercising proper caution when driving a motorcycle may help preclude the need to explore these.