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2 Types of Motorcycle Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Motorcycle Accidents
As it is heavily argued, motorcycles are not as visible on the road as regular vehicles. In addition, motorcycles are not nearly as safe as vehicles because the rider is not surrounded by a chunk of steel.
As a result, a motorcycle rider is more likely to be injured or killed in an accident. In fact, there are roughly 29 times more deaths on motorcycles than in cars. This is why wearing a helmet and other protective motorcycle gear is so important, as helmets are effective 37 percent of the time at preventing fatalities and 67 percent of the time at preventing brain injuries.
Because of these alarming numbers, motorcycle riders must be aware of the various types of motorcycles accidents and how those accidents can be prevented. In most cases, you can take measures that are specific to the situation.
Accident #1: Left-Turning Cars
In 41 percent of fatal accidents that involve a vehicle and a motorcycle, the other vehicle was making a left-hand turn. These types of accidents occur when the motorcyclist attempts to overtake the vehicle, pass the vehicle, or drive straight through an intersection.
Now, this type of collision may actually be the most common accident between motorcycles and vehicles. As a general rule, the driver making the left-hand turn will be found at fault for the accident. However, in some cases, the biker could be driving recklessly or breaking the law, which could get the other driver off the hook.
To help prevent this particular type of accident, motorcyclists need to do their best to anticipate the next moves of other drivers. Keep an eye out for any signs that a driver could be about to make a left-hand turn directly in front of you. Some signs include a gap between you and the vehicle in front of you, a car waiting to turn at an intersection, and a driver looking both ways at the last second.
Accident #2: Head-on Collisions
In 74 percent of fatal two-vehicle crashes, the accidents occurred when the vehicle and motorcycle struck one another head-on. Depending on how fast the vehicle and motorcycle are going at the time of collision, the motorcyclist could be thrown through the air.
This is one of the deadliest types of crashes, often because of the speed at which the two vehicles are driving. Generally, the motorcyclist's chances of survival are very slim.
To help prevent a head-on collision between a vehicle and motorcycle, follow the four Rs:
  • Read the road ahead
  • Stay to the right
  • Reduce speed
  • Ride off the road
Reading the road in front of you is simply being proactive so that you can observe any hazards in your way and prevent a potential accident. Staying to the right is just that - staying to the right of the road, which is the safest part of the road, especially when it comes to head-on collisions.
You should reduce your speed when you see another car swerving or otherwise failing to pay proper attention to its surrounding. In doing so, you may be saving your life instead of signing your death certificate. Riding off the road simply means slowing down and merging onto the shoulder or grass in an event to avoid a potential head-on collision.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a serious or fatal motorcycle accident, contact an attorney immediately. Don't assume that any part of the accident was your fault, and don't admit guilt to anyone.
Allow the professionals at the Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Garrety, P.C., to investigate the details of your case to determine who is liable. We will help you get the compensation that you deserve.