Motorcycles can be exhilarating, but they can also be extremely dangerous under the right circumstances. Motorcycle accidents take the lives of nearly 5,000 people in the United States each year, and roughly 90,000 others are injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Because motorcyclists lack the same physical barriers individuals in passenger vehicles do, they are much more likely to be injured or fatally wounded in a crash. To do your part in preventing more motorcycle crashes from occurring, find out how these accidents are caused and discover what you can do to avoid a crash.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
In order to avoid motorcycle accidents, both as a vehicle driver and a motorcyclist, it’s important to know how these crashes are usually caused. To do your part as a motorcyclist, always pay attention to your surroundings, keep your bike well maintained, and wear the appropriate protective gear. As the driver of a car, truck, or other vehicle, make sure you keep an eye out for motorcyclists, check your blind spots before making a lane change, and always drive sober.
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