Motorcycles are smaller and less stable and visible than four-wheel vehicles. This puts motorcycle drivers at a higher risk for personal injury on the road—they are six times more likely than car passengers to get hurt in a crash. To stay safe on the road, review these common types of motorcycle crashes.
5 Motorcycle Accidents That Frequently Occur
1. Left Turns
Since motorcycles are harder to see on the road, they are especially susceptible to other drivers making a left-hand turn—directly into them. Motorcyclists need to drive extra defensively, always anticipating others’ moves on the road and preparing for evasive action.
2. Unsafe Lane Switching
Studies have shown that motorcycles are often not seen because automobile drivers experience so-called inattentional blindness—an inability to see an object not because of a visual issue, but because the brain doesn’t devote enough attention to the object. This is why drivers may simply merge into a motorcycle’s lane even when they are right next to them. As a motorcyclist, it’s essential to anticipate others’ actions.
3. Lane Splitting
Lane splitting, also known as white lining, refers to a motorcycle’s driving between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving cars. This increases the risk of personal injury because it brings cyclists in very close proximity with other vehicles. Avoid this high-risk behavior altogether—it’s actually illegal in many states, including Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
4. Corner Turning
It can be especially difficult for motorcycles to compensate or correct when turning. The smallest patch of gravel or wet leaves can cause a wipeout, and it’s easy for riders to misjudge how tight a turn is. Follow the “slow in, fast out” rule and take corners wide to increase your field of vision.
5. Dangerous Roads
From potholes to debris on the pavement, unsafe road conditions have a greater impact on motorcycles than cars. A small branch that a car can easily run over may be enough to cause a motorcyclist to swerve—right into traffic. Bad weather is also a factor. Avoid driving when the streets are wet.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident and feel another person’s negligence was to blame, The Gil Law Firm will help. Located in Dothan, AL, their attorneys have been serving clients with personal injury and disability cases throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida since 2000. They will handle your case with the compassion it deserves. Find out what their clients have to say online. For an appointment with a personal injury lawyer, call (334) 673-0100.