Riding a motorcycle is thrilling, but it is also one of the riskiest modes of transportation. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to accidents due to the lack of protection that a car provides. Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and some tips on preventing them.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of all types of collisions, including motorcycle accidents. Drivers who text, talk on the phone, or are otherwise distracted are more likely to fail to see a motorcyclist and cause an accident. As a motorcyclist, it is essential to stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
When motorcyclists or other motorists drive at high speeds, they have reduced visibility and less time to react to hazards on the road. Speeding also makes it more difficult to control a bike or vehicle, especially in curves or sudden turns.
Impaired driving refers to driving or riding under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or even prescription medications. All of which can impair judgment, slow reaction time, and reduce the ability to control their vehicle or motorcycle.
Lane splitting is the practice of riding between lanes of traffic. It is illegal in Texas and a risky maneuver that can lead to collisions. Drivers may not expect a motorcycle to be passing them on either side, and there may not be enough room for the motorcyclist to ride safely.
Some motorcyclists are new to riding and lack the experience necessary to handle their bikes properly. Inexperience can lead to accidents caused by overreacting to situations, misjudging distances, and losing control of the bike.
Here are some tips for motorcyclists to prevent the most common causes of accidents:
If you are involved and injured in a motorcycle accident, reach out to a trusted Houston motorcycle accident lawyer. Ramey Law Group can discuss your legal options and help you recover fair compensation.