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Other drivers can be a threat to motorcyclists

On Behalf of | Sep 27, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle can be a fun and freeing activity. Riding allows you to appreciate nature and interact with the road in a way that enclosed road users vehicles don’t get to experience. When riding a motorcycle, though, a significant cause for concern is other vehicles.

In fact, 42% of all fatal motorcycle crashes involving another car occur when the other driver is turning left. This means the motorcycle was going straight, and the other vehicle turned into them. With the increased risks of riding, there are some easy solutions to reduce injury.

Causes of motorcycle accidents

While fun to experience, motorcycles aren’t the safest vehicle option. They provide less protection during an accident than passenger cars do. The two-wheel design also makes them less stable during maneuvering.

Even an experienced motorcycle rider knows that simply being on a bike creates more danger. Cars are often one of a rider’s biggest threats because:

  • Motorcycles have a smaller profile
  • Cars can have large blind spots
  • Distracted drivers are on the road
  • Speeding and changing lanes

A motorcyclist generally knows that while scanning conditions, they need to plan for an exit route in the case of a distracted driver.

Reducing risks

In addition to driving defensively, a rider can further reduce their risks of injury or death with protective gear. If you ride a motorcycle, a helmet is the best way to protect your life. Other equipment that can help reduce injuries include:

  • Full-length jeans
  • Jacket
  • Gloves
  • Shoes that cover ankles

Enjoying your ride is always a goal, but staying alive and uninjured is the most critical element of riding. Suppose you were involved in a collision because the other driver was distracted. In that case, you might want to see if there is any legal action you can take to help you heal and recover.