Riding a motorcycle can be one of life’s most invigorating and liberating experiences. However, it also comes with significant risks, and motorcycle accidents often result in fatalities.
Almost 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in an injury or death and the most common cause of these wrecks is human behavior.
Head-on collisions are one of the most common types of car and motorcycle accidents. Car drivers often fail to notice a motorcyclist due to their small size. Another common cause is cars making left-hand turns and failing to yield to motorcycles.
Why are motorcyclists more likely to suffer harm than car drivers?
One of the primary reasons is the lack of physical protection. Unlike car drivers, motorcyclists are exposed and do not have the safety of an enclosed vehicle. Furthermore, most vehicles have anti-lock braking systems (ABS), so their car will likely skid when the driver slams the brake. Many motorcycles lack ABS, so when the rider brakes suddenly, their bike can flip over and eject them, causing them to hit any objects in their path.
The stability of having four wheels compared to two is another reason why car drivers are less likely than motorcyclists to die in a crash.
Motorcyclists can keep safe by wearing helmets and high-visibility riding gear. A motorcycle safety course will also give them the riding skills they need.
However, motorists are responsible for being aware of their surroundings and always looking twice before turning left or moving into another driving lane. By being considerate of motorcyclists, they can help prevent catastrophic injury or death.