How to prevent common motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2023 | Motor vehicle accidents |

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are common in Connecticut. They often result in serious personal injuries and even death. If you love the freedom of the open road when you ride your motorcycle, you should be aware of some of the most common hazards you will encounter. This knowledge could end up saving your life.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents

Riding a motorcycle is inherently risky. Still, many of the most common kinds of accidents can be avoided. Knowing these causes can ensure that you ride more safely. They include:

  • Bad weather
  • Collisions with car doors
  • Head on collisions
  • Lane merging
  • Left turn collisions
  • Poor road conditions
  • Reckless driving
  • Rider fatigue
  • Rider inexperience
  • Speeding
  • Sudden stops

The dangers of motorcycle accidents

The structure and safety features of cars and trucks protect drivers during an accident. Sadly all of these protections are not available to motorcycle riders. As a result, they can suffer from injuries like:

  • Broken bones
  • Death
  • Facial fractures
  • Limb loss
  • Road rash
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic brain damage
  • Total paralysis

Saving your life on the road

Even if you survive a motorcycle accident, many of the injuries you incur will be severe, disabling and permanent. As such, it’s imperative to prevent accidents from happening. While you can’t prevent others from acting with negligence on the road, you can ride more defensively and avoid hazards when necessary. This includes ensuring you are a competent rider. Take your time learning to ride safely in all conditions.

While motorcycle riding can be dangerous, many of the most common accidents can still be avoided. Drive defensively, avoid hazardous road conditions and take your time learning how to handle your bike. Doing so could save your life.