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Cause And Avoidance: Three Safety Tips For Motorcyclists

by Layla Bryant

Motorcycle accidents can be extremely dangerous due to the lack of protection. Even if you wear a helmet and padding, you can still suffer from serious injuries. If you want to avoid getting into a motorcycle accident, you should follow the standard traffic laws.

In addition, you may want to avoid these three common causes of accidents:

1. Left-Hand Turns

Vehicles making a left-hand turn are perhaps the most dangerous situation for motorcyclists. While this particular situation is dangerous for all drivers, motorcyclists seem to be more prone to injuries and fatalities. Injuries from this situation usually occur when the motorcycle driver goes through the intersection, passes the vehicle, or tries to speed past it.

If you are ever in this situation, watch your surroundings carefully. Even if it appears you have the time and space, do not go through the intersection if a car is attempting to make a left-hand turn.

2. Avoid Lane Splitting

Since motorcycles are smaller and take up less space, many drivers feel it is perfectly acceptable to drive in between lanes. Unfortunately, this practice is illegal and it can cause serious injury. In these situations, injuries usually occur due to small spaces—because the car is usually not more than a few feet away from the motorcycle.

If you want to avoid accidents, avoid lane splitting. Even if traffic seems to be at a standstill, it is best to just wait it out until it is safe to drive in the proper lane.

3. Road Hazards

Those driving a motorcycle are much more prone to accidents due to road hazards. The smaller size and stability can make even a simple pothole dangerous. Common road hazards that cause accidents include slick pavement, standing water, large bumps or holes, and unexpected items.

To stay safe, drive the speed limit and watch your surroundings. Be on the lookout for unusual traffic patterns, as well as possible road hazards. If you encounter a road hazard, slow down and carefully maneuver around it.

In addition to these hazards, make sure you follow all traffic laws. Do not drink and drive, obey the speed limit, and wear proper safety gear.

Although these tips can help you stay safe on the road, they are not foolproof and accidents do happen. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a motorcycle accident lawyer, such as Hagelgans and Veronis, for help. You may be eligible to receive compensation.