4 Major Causes of Motorbike Accidents
Riding a motorbike is always a risky bet on your life but when you develop a responsible skill level, it certainly gives the taste of an adventure. Ironically, riders have better ways to avoid crashing. With incredibly resilient brakes and no blind spots in your vision, you can save yourself by gauging the adversity of the moment quite rapidly. I would highly recommend new bikers to enroll in the basic rider course to at least beat the odds of tragedy in your first ride. Here are a few tools to determine the right course of action in critical situations on the road.
- A Car Takes a Left Ahead of You
One of the most common collisions occur when car drivers misinterpret the absence of cars and take a left soon realizing a biker bumping into their passenger door(s). The inattentiveness and distracted focus of the driver are probable causes of his failure to judge incoming traffic. Sometimes, blind spots nearly distort his vision and can result in fatal collisions. In this case, motorcyclist have to predetermine sharp maneuvering by other vehicles in close proximity of turns. An effective preventive technique is to follow the wheels and not the car. This alerts you if the driver is careless, drunk or disoriented. Also distance yourself from the vehicle. Should you need to take evasive action, spacing on your left and right may get you the escape. Wearing brighter gear can make you more visible and safe on the road. Don’t worry, it’s not going to drain your pockets. Cheap motorcycle jackets are a reasonable and safer option. A shiny helmet can also serve the purpose if you are not so fond of leather.
- You Hit Gravel in a Blind Corner
Often after taking a round turn on a blind corner, you land in sand, gravel or animal dung, and your front tire goes off slithering. You may ask how you could control external factors while riding. There is only one way to avoid it. Keep your pace dead slow when turning blind corners to respond or react sensibly. For all the bikers out there, there is a universal rule of thumb – Slow in, Fast out. Always enter turns and corners with a speed you can handle and accelerate on the way out where range of vision expands.
- A Car Shifting in Your Lane
Riding in little traffic can be a lot less hectic. That is why car drivers often try to veer their vehicles suddenly into biker lanes. It is highly common that drivers cannot spot motorcyclist from inside – thanks to blind spots. And most of the drivers just scout for a vehicle big enough to reflect in their side view mirrors which means they are psychologically conditioned to block motorcycles. Look out for signs of cars changing lanes – wheels turning, indicators blipping, the driver’s head moving in the same direction. Moreover, don’t be there where the traffic wants you to be in the event of slowdown. That’s when one lane starts moving faster than the other and everybody wants to switch.
- You Get Hit from Behind
Often motorcyclist standing on signals are rammed by cars speeding from behind or by the drivers forgetting to hit the brakes at the right moment. This type of collision is commonly called a fender bender. It is lethal and the impact can catapult the biker into the air. Never be the first one in the traffic stopping at the signal. Always lean to your extreme right or left. Also, if you could place yourself comfortably between cars, you can avoid being in the crumple zone.
Hope these evasive techniques help you in staying safe on the road. Be responsible and stay focused, bikers!