How Avoid The Most Common Types of Motorcycle Crashes
Accidents involving motorcycles are widespread. These two-wheeled vehicles are at higher risk of being involved in crashes. Its relatively smaller size and the fact that the driver is more exposed make it a dangerous mode of transportation.
In 2018, a total of 2,728 crashes involving motorcycles in Michigan were recorded. Of these accidents, 134 were fatal, 2004 led to injuries, and 590 resulted in property damage.
Responsible motorcycle drivers know the importance of being properly geared and adhering to road safety rules and principles. Helmets, gloves, suits, and boots are some of the protective gears that riders wear to reduce the risk of injuries.
Motorcycle safety courses are also an excellent investment for avid riders. Some groups and foundations offer motorcycle education classes in Michigan. They provide basic classes as well as advanced courses. Continually educating and training yourself on safety practices when riding are still some of the best ways to keep safe.
Take Note of These Common Motorcycle Crashes
Here are some common motorcycle crashes that you need to be aware of.
- Motorcycle Crashes Caused by Left-Turning Vehicles
The most common cause of a motorcycle crash is when a car makes a left turn in front of it. The vehicle may hit the motorcycle in the following scenarios:
- The motorcycle is passing the car on the left.
- The motorcycle is trying to overtake the vehicle.
- The motorcycle is going straight in an intersection.
Although this type of accident is also common among two cars, it is much more dangerous when a motorcycle is involved. The lack of protection and the smaller size of the motorbike can make it more fatal for the rider.
In this scenario, it is usually the left-turning vehicle that will be held at fault. However, if the rider was breaking some traffic regulation or was driving recklessly, then it will be a different case.
In 2018, there have been 7,262 head-on, left turn crashes in Michigan, and 2,587 rear-end, left turn crashes.
This type of accident happens when a car switches into the lane where the motorcycle is. This is common in four-lane roads. The motorcycle may be hidden by the blind spots of the car. The car’s driver may not be paying enough attention. This type of crash can be perilous for the rider if the car is running very fast.
A head-on collision between a car and a motorcycle can be fatal to the motorcycle rider. Most head-on collisions happen when either or both drivers are at high speeds. It is fair to say that this is the deadliest among motorcycle crashes. The rider will either be crushed or thrown to the air. The risk to the rider increases significantly when he or the other driver is running at a higher speed.
- Lane-Splitting Accidents
Many motorcycle riders are guilty of lane splitting. Lane splitting happens when the motorist is driving between two lanes. Most riders do this on slow-moving or heavy congested traffic.
The practice of lane splitting is dangerous because of the following factors:
- The close proximity of the motorcycle to the cars in both lanes.
- The motorcycle rider has limited space for maneuvers.
- The car drivers do not anticipate that anybody will be passing in that limited space in congested traffic.
- Since cars do not lane-split, they usually do not expect other vehicles to do so.
Lane-splitting in Michigan is not allowed. The Michigan Vehicle Code states that a person operating a motorcycle should not pass between lines of traffic.
- Motorcycle Crashes Due to Intoxication
Alcohol intoxication is one of the common reasons for vehicular crashes. It also plays a significant role in motorcycle accidents. Most riders have rider friends, and they usually go out for drinks to socialize. Motorcycle crashes due to alcohol intoxication usually end up in severe injuries or even death for the rider.
- Crashes Due to Making Turns
Turning at corners can be tricky for motorcycle riders. Although riders should have control over their bike, correction can be difficult, especially when turning. A patch of gravel, rock, or puddles of water can easily make you lose traction. Taking turns too fast is also dangerous for motorcycle riders. Sharp turns, especially in inclined roads, can make it hard for riders to see what’s up ahead. It increases the risk of motorcycle crashes with other oncoming vehicles.
- High-Speed Accidents
Many riders choose motorcycles for its practicality, efficiency, and its ability to run fast. Some bikes are designed to be lightweight for higher speeds. There are sport motorcycles that go as fast as 160 mph, or even more. Young riders operating these sport motorcycles are even more prone to crashes than other riders of conventional motorcycles.
How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
Here are some standard safety practices that will reduce your risk of crashes and accidents.
- Wear full protective gear.
- Drive in a safe and defensive manner.
- Anticipate the other drivers’ next move to avoid collisions. Watch out for their turn signal, wheels turning, or any hand signals.
- Maintain a safe speed. Reduce your speed when approaching intersections.
- Drive to the right.
- Do not split lanes.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Enter corners slowly, and giving a wide berth.
Have you Been Involved in a Motorcycle Crash in Michigan? Contact The Clark Law Office Now.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you seek an experienced Michigan motorcycle lawyer. The Clark Law Office has been helping residents of Michigan get adequately compensated for their injuries and loss. Call us for a free evaluation of your case as soon as possible.