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Two-Wheeled Risks: 3 Common Accidents for Motorcyclists

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Riding a motorcycle is an indescribable experience. The open view of the ocean as you drive around Stanley Park in Vancouver allows you to absorb the beauty that surrounds you, instead of missing it by being confined in a car. It can be an extremely spiritual and freeing way to travel. However, with this freedom and beauty, comes risk.

When compared to motorists, motorcyclists are 15 times more likely to be involved in an accident—even though they have the necessary tools to help prevent them. If used properly, motorcycles have better control features than cars. Motorcycles offer an unobstructed view, superior handling and response, and better traction control. In fact, the following three common motorcycle accidents can be prevented as long as the driver pays attention and uses the tools available to him:

  • Another driver turns or changes lanes into a motorcycle, causing a crash. It is a motorcyclist’s job to pay attention to what is in front of him and to be aware of everything around him too. He must have 360-degree awareness and be able to anticipate traffic changes—compensating by either slowing down or speeding up to avoid a collision.
  • A car hits a motorcycle from behind. Again, it is the motorcyclist’s job to be aware of and anticipate traffic in front and behind at all times. When stopped at an intersection, it is a good idea to move to the right side of the lane instead of remaining in the middle of the lane. That way, if the cars behind are unable to stop, the motorcyclist can pull off the road to avoid the crash.
  • Careless or distracted riders slow down or stop without warning, causing other distracted drivers to barrel into them. When motorcyclists ride in a group, they should stagger their bikes so that they are not riding in a straight line. This will limit the chance that they will crash into one another if they lose focus for a second.

As long as a motorcyclist pays attention, makes logical choices, and anticipates potential problems, he should be able to enjoy the freedom and fun a motorcycle has to offer. Already been in a motorcycle accident and need help or legal advice? Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.