In the United States, there are at least 4,000 motorcycle related deaths every year. The latest research done by the National Traffic Safety Administration back in 2013 shows that the chances of a motorcyclist perishing in a road accident is 26 times higher compared to car passengers. Of course, motorcycle riders are more likely to be injured in contrast with car occupants since they are more exposed on the road. However, that is not enough reason not to ride a motorcycle since most accidents happened due to negligence which can be utterly avoided. A driving license is important but any experienced motorcyclist will tell you the real world is different from driving school. Hence, to avoid such collisions, it is critical for motorcycle beginners to know some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in the United States and how to avoid them.
It is probably the most annoying scenario motorcyclist experience. A car driving in front especially at a busy intersection fails to notice your presence or miscalculates your speed. Because of the blind spot, the driver makes an abrupt left turn not knowing there is an oncoming motorcycle. In fact, it is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents in the United States.
Picture this; You are riding at a speed of 110MPH, then suddenly while turning a corner, you hit a pothole that swallows your entire front wheel. Although you are unlikely to find such big sized potholes in a developed country such as the United States, the pothole could be replaced by sand, leaves, gravel, dung or even a dead animal.
Although it seems obvious that no experienced rider would over speed while approaching unfamiliar territory, most beginners underestimate corner turns. In fact, once in a while, a professional motocross rider swerves and crashes after going too fast on a corner. If you find yourself in such a situation, just pray the road does not bend on some tall mountain in the middle of nowhere or else you will find yourself sliding into a deep slippery slope.
Both the car driver and motorcyclists are to blame for a majority of the accidents caused by overtaking or changing lanes. A rider overtakes another car at a congested highway only to find out there is not sufficient space squeeze in front. In another scene, a car suddenly changes its lane on the highway intercepting a motorcycle without warning.
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