4 Issues Motorcyclists Face on the Roads

On behalf of Law Offices of Eugene Gitman posted in motorcycle accidents on Friday, January 13, 2017.

As a motorcycle enthusiast, you likely enjoy the thrill of riding down the road feeling less encumbered than if you were inside a passenger vehicle. However, that greater sense of freedom comes with an increased risk of suffering great injury if you are involved in an accident. A variety of circumstances could lead to such an incident, and here are four issues you may be more likely to face as a motorcyclist:

Other vehicles may not see you and enter your right of way. Left turning vehicles account for 22% of motorcycle fatalities, and a whopping 56% of fatal motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. When approaching an intersection it’s a good idea to anticipate that any vehicles in the intersection may move out in front of the bike, and in order to give yourself space, slow down and look for potential escape paths.

Motorcycle brakes work very differently than car brakes, with the front brake providing at least 70% of the braking power and in some situations over 90%. Practicing emergency stops with smooth increasing pressure on the front brake and light to lighter pressure on the rear will ensure that your skills are sharp when you need them to respond to a situation.

No matter who is at fault, the motorcyclist always loses in a crash with a car or truck. Wearing appropriate gear, including a helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, and riding pants will reduce injuries in case of a collision, as well as keep the rider more comfortable allowing them to concentrate better on the road.

A whopping 44% of fatal motorcycle crashes are from motorcycles crashing in a corner. Whether it’s because of misjudging a corner, surface hazards such as gravel or sand, or because of insufficient skill in cornering, the best way to reduce the risk in a corner is by taking a training class. The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program provides free classes to PA residents with a variety of levels of training available. From a beginner rider to the experienced, to 3 wheel riders, there is a course that will help you improve your skills and reduce risk. The website for more information is pamsp.com