Motorcycle Accidents: The Common Causes and How to Avoid Them

When it comes to accidents on the road, no one is truly safe. From the truck and car drivers to the motorcycle riders. However, in the event of an accident, the degree of injury sustained often depends on the type of vehicle you are on and the force at impact, which unfortunately means many motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries. Seeing as motorcycles have little to no support frame to offer the rider, the chances of fatal injuries in motorcycle accident cases are drastically increased.

As a motorcycle rider, it is important to be constantly conscious of the road and aware of the drivers around you. The risk of accidents and the resulting injuries are higher and often involve serious injuries or fatal accidents. Additionally, practicing defensive riding can also lower the chances of being involved in an accident, whether a minor or major accident. However, it is impossible to control the actions of other drivers, which is why it is important to be prepared to handle a motorcycle accident injury claim.

Three Most Common Motorcycle Accident Causes

To better understand motorcycle accidents and how best to avoid them, below are three of the most common motorcycle accidents on Oklahoma roads:

Excessive Speed

Speeding is a problem for many. The adrenaline rush and the danger associated with the practice gets some riders going, however, the consequences aren’t pretty. A motorcycle rider who isn’t conscious of his or her speed may end up losing control of the motorcycle, or in some cases, may have problems braking too fast, causing the motorcycle to go out of control.

Speeding on a motorcycle is mostly discouraged because, at such a high speed, maneuverability becomes more difficult and the consequences are higher. Speed related-accidents for motorcyclists can result in fatal injuries or life altering injuries or disability, like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and in some cases, the death of the rider.

Avoiding excessive speeding requires you to pay attention to the speed limit of the road you’re riding on. Also, the busier the road, the lower the speed.

Unexpected Traffic Stops

Vehicle owners sometimes make unplanned stops on the road due to a number of reasons. Some are due to late recognition of stop signs while some may be due to mechanical problems with the vehicle. Motorcycle riders who aren’t paying much attention may end up colliding with such a car. To avoid this, it is recommended that motorcycle riders avoid following vehicles too closely on the road. By giving a few a car lengths between your motorcycle and the vehicle ahead of you, you create room to make spontaneous safety decisions that will help you to avoid an accident as well as injuries.

Left-hand turns

Due to visibility issues, some turns are considered more dangerous than others. The left-hand turn tops the list of the dangerous turns. When turning from one lane to another or when crossing traffic, other vehicles and drivers with low visibility may be unaware of your decision and action and this can lead to an accident.

To protect yourself from the damages of a collision, it is recommended that you take proper care when planning on making a left-turn. Be sure that the road is completely clear before making your move as a quick, unexpected stop by the vehicle in front of you can also compromise your safety.  

Contact Cannon & Associates: Oklahoma Fierce Advocates for motorcycle accident cases

The cost of medical attention after a motorcycle accident can be high. More than this, you deserve to be compensated for all other damages. Cannon & Associates has the years of experience and expertise needed to deliver an aggressive legal representation to all motorcycle accident victims in Oklahoma.

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