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How to Avoid Common Motorcycle Accidents

Published: Apr 3, 2019 in Auto Accident, Motorcycle Accident, Personal Injury

St. Clair County accident lawyers represent victims of motorcycle accidents.Motorcycles are associated with a certain degree of freedom and adventure. However, even the most loyal motorcycle enthusiasts would agree that motorcycles can be dangerous, particularly if they are involved in a car accident. Unlike passenger vehicles, motorcycles provide no protection against the impact of another vehicle, other than the windshield. As a result, motorcycle riders are much more likely to suffer serious, often fatal injuries. Learning about the common causes of motorcycle accidents can help riders reduce their risk of injury.

Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Statistics show that motorcyclists are roughly five times more likely to be injured, and 27 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident, compared to occupants of passenger vehicles. The following are examples of common motorcycle accidents and tips on how to avoid them:

  • Car makes left turn in front of you. This occurs when a motorist does not see you or misjudges your speed and proceeds to make a left turn, cutting you off. You can avoid these accidents by being aware of your surroundings. Recognize potential hazards, such as gaps in traffic, cars changing lanes, and objects that are outside of your vision. Try to make eye contact with a driver who is waiting to turn to make sure they see you coming.
  • Unsafe lane changes. When motorists fail to signal or check their rearview mirrors before turning, they may not see you coming. To avoid an accident, be aware of other vehicles’ blind spots and slow down if a car has its turn signal on, or you see the wheels turning.
  • High-speed accidents are more likely to cause more severe injuries, including fatalities. If you notice another car speeding, change lanes and put distance between yourself and the other vehicle.
  • Lane splitting. This is when a car is driving between two lanes of traffic, which can be hazardous to other drivers. Immediately change lanes and pay close attention to the vehicles around you if you see a motorist doing this.
  • Sudden stops. Rear-end accidents can cause devastating injuries to motorcyclists. If you see a car approaching from behind, try to move out of the way before impact, or tap your brake so your brake lights alert the driver.
  • Dangerous road conditions. Gravel, potholes, crumbling pavement, and other debris can cause you to lose control of the motorcycle if your tire hits it without warning. You can avoid a serious accident by maintaining a safe speed and using the brakes to your advantage.
  • Inexperienced drivers. These drivers are more likely to make mistakes that could compromise the safety of other motorists on the road. Be alert and aware of other drivers and avoid motorists who swerve in and out of lanes.

St. Clair County Accident Lawyers at The Cates Law Firm, LLC Represent Victims of Motorcycle Accidents

If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you are urged to contact the St. Clair County accident lawyers at The Cates Law Firm, LLC as soon as possible. We will review the details of your case and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a confidential consultation, call us today at 618-277-3644 or contact us online. Located in Swansea, Illinois, we serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Belleville, Carbondale, East St. Louis, Granite City, Edwardsville, Chester, Waterloo, St. Louis, Madison County, St. Clair County, Monroe County, and Randolph County.