As a rider, you’re probably well aware that when you’re on two wheels, there are literally dangers at every turn. As a responsible motorcyclist, it is important that you are aware of the most common causes of Bridgeport motorcycle accidents. This information could save you, and your family, unnecessary pain and suffering.
Another Driver Turning Left in Front of You
According to the NHTSA Motorcycle Safety Handbook, 70 percent of all motorcycle collisions happen in intersections. About 41 percent of all motorcycle deaths happen when a vehicle turns left in front of a motorcyclist who’s not turning and can’t stop. This is squarely a case of somebody else being at fault, but that is little comfort to the biker’s loved ones. Be careful in intersections.
Slick Roads, Trash & Debris
Although debris, trash and ice on roads and highways aren’t in your can control, you can usually avoid these hazards if you’re careful. Adjusting your speed and closely monitoring the road are the most effective ways to keep you safe from road hazards.
Losing Control in a Turn
After intersections, curves are the most dangerous places for motorcyclists. Half of motorcycle fatalities in single-vehicle crashes are from failing to safely take a curve – that’s almost a quarter of all motorcycle deaths. Curves are fun, and bikers love to test their abilities. They just might not realize that testing their limits in a curve is so often deadly. This one is up to you—ride the curve at a safe speed so your bike will stay on the road.
So far, California is the only state to legalize lane splitting, allowing motorcycles to zip between lanes of cars. Riders want lane splitting to be legal in other states, but there are safety concerns. Usually, lane splitting accidents happen at low speeds and yield less severe injuries than other motorcycle accidents. However, no data has been collected specifically about lane splitting crashes. It just makes sense, though—if you ride between other vehicles, where drivers don’t expect you to be, keep a watchful eye on everyone around you.
In 2013, 34 percent of all riders killed in motorcycle accidents were speeding. It’s much more dangerous to speed on a bike than in a car—only 21 percent of auto fatalities involved speeding. If you lose control of your bike because you were speeding, simply stated, there is no one else to blame.
Driving Sleepy, Drunk, or Stoned
There’s a lot of talk about driving after drinking or taking drugs, but less about driving when you’re tired. The fact is, driving sleepy is just as dangerous as driving drunk—you double your risk of an accident. Some states have laws against drowsy driving, but whether there’s a law or not, it truly comes down to common sense. If you’re tired, get some rest – don’t get in the driver’s seat.
Any motorcycle safety instructor will tell you confidence is necessary to be safe on a bike. Being timid can get you killed. But being too confident can also get you killed. Overconfidence is especially dangerous for riders of supersport motorcycles, designed to be lightweight and very fast. Riders buy a new supersport and start to ride it without being prepared for just how quickly it can accelerate. Be alert, be assertive—but also be realistic. You can have fun without overdriving your skills and taking a dangerous tumble.
Prevent the Common Causes of Bridgeport Motorcycle Accidents
As a biker once wrote, “Slowing down and paying more attention is the overall key to safe motorcycling.” Wear good gear, ride at a safe speed, be awake and sober, and anticipate the moves of other drivers. If you get in an accident, get experienced help from attorney Jim Miron by calling (203) 339-5991. Drive safely!