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 motorcycle rider:
- 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 motor vehicle. Many accidents are caused by vehicles rear-ending bikes, whether in stop-and-go traffic or when fully stopped at intersections. 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 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 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 beginner riders to experienced 3-wheelers, there is a course that will help you improve your skills and reduce risk.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Motorcycle Accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of Eugene Gitman. Call our law firm at 215-660-4411 for a free consultation.