Bikers are adventurous and thrill seekers. The excitement of propelling down the open road is unlike any other. You either love it, or you hate it. There is no in between.
As our motorcycle accident lawyers know, for the motorcycle lovers, the risk is a small price to pay for the experience. Still, we want to be as safe as possible. By looking at the most common causes of accidents involving a motorcycle, the average cycling enthusiast can be aware of and look out for these dangers.
Not Being Seen By Other Drivers
This is a very real danger. Maybe it is because the driver of automobiles and trucks are not looking for the smaller and easier to move motorcycle.
Often when the accident happens, the driver is shocked to discover there was this fully visible machine directly beside them, yet they overlooked them completely.
Motorcyclists should keep in mind that they enter and exit blind-spots so much more quickly, that the human eye sometimes doesn’t register the sighting until it is too late.
Automobile drivers are not intentionally not looking out for motorcycles. However, there are far fewer motorcycles on the road than cars, and the size of the machine allows us to overlook them.
One of the thrills of riding a motorcycle is your ability to zip around in traffic and get to where you are going, even when traffic is moving frustratingly slow. A motorcycle driver that pulls up beside another vehicle is splitting lanes.
In other words, the road is designed for two vehicles and you are adding a third vehicle to the space. This does not compute. We do not instantly understand what we are seeing, and it sometimes throws off a driver’s thought process.
A motorcycle does not cast a big shadow. The turn signal is small and easily overlooked. Let’s face it. People sometimes do not notice when a police car, ambulance, or fire truck is turning left. It is not much of a reach that the smaller motorcycle can be overlooked.
This should come as no surprise to anyone. In virtually every type of motorized vehicle accident, driving at excessive speed plays a factor.
The cyclist should remember when he or she is traveling too fast and bumps the car in front of them, their body is protected by the front of the car and the back of the other driver’s car.
When a motorcycle driver is driving too fast, and he or she bumps the vehicle in front of them, they have nothing between their body and full impact but air and maybe a windshield.
When a motorcycle drives around a corner and finds the lid to someone’s barbeque grille, a bag of trash that someone thought they would discard, or a piece of rubber from a blown tire, he or she can instantly put themselves in a serious situation. With only two wheels to balance, plus the speed of the traffic, the motorcycle can easily crash.
It takes a special kind of danger to drive a motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but it is a common cause of accidents.
If you operate a motorcycle, drive defensively. Assume the other drivers do not see you and take every precaution. However, if you find yourself in an accident, contact a motorcycle accident law firm in Idaho as soon as possible.