According to SWITRS data, following too closely was the primary cause in fewer than 2% of all accidents where the motorcyclist was at fault. However, tailgating might also have been a contributing cause of many more accidents. When coupled with poor road conditions, such as sleet, snow, or rain, following too closely is a recipe for disaster.
Reckless bikers might think that they don’t need a cushion because they can maneuver the bike quickly out of the way to avoid a crash. Unfortunately, it is just as likely that you will quickly avoid the crash but then strike another vehicle or lose control of the bike when you swerve onto a gravel shoulder.
This is called “lane splitting,” and it, unfortunately, is quite dangerous. When you lane split, you risk striking a vehicle or having a vehicle strike you as it inches along the road. Most motorists are not expecting motorcyclists to threat in and out of traffic, so they might not be looking for you.
There are many reasons why a motorcyclist would collide with objects that they should be able to avoid. For example, a motorcyclist might become distracted, either because they are reading a text message or talking on the phone. Motorcyclists might also lose control in inclement weather and crash into objects.
Sometimes defects on the road cause motorcycle accidents. Because of their smaller size and greater instability, motorcycles often have more trouble with road defects than operators of passenger vehicles or commercial trucks. Many different road hazards can cause a biker to lose control, including: Potholes, Uneven pavement, Sloping roads, Defective shoulders, Oiliness or other slickness on the road Some road defects have existed for years without the government taking any action to make the road safer for all motorists, including bikers.
A vehicle parked on the side of the road usually poses no problem to a motorcyclist. However, if a passenger in the vehicle opens a door without looking behind them, then the biker can drive straight into the door. Many bikers tear the door off and/or end up being thrown clear of their bike, where they collide with the pavement or another parked vehicle.
Also avoid trying to pass vehicles on the right, which could put you in direct line for striking the opened door of a parked car. Even careful defensive driving cannot prevent all accidents because sometimes a crash is caused by your bike. When a motorcycle malfunction, even the most skill biker can lose control and end up colliding with another vehicle or a stationary object.
Some of the most recent recall for safety defects include: Yamaha recalled almost 3,500 bikes in 2018 because the drive chain guard could become loose due to a defect. Brembo issued a recall because defective brake pads could provide less effective braking. The defect was caused during the manufacturing process.
You can check the most recent motorcycle recalls by visiting the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) website here. You can look up your motorcycle by its VIN, which you can usually find on a metal plate near the steering head. If your motorcycle is subject to a recall, you should take it to be repaired as soon as possible, otherwise you are increasing your risk of an accident.
There might only have been a problem with your motorcycle and not others in the production line. Even in the absence of a recall, injured motorcyclists can hold the manufacturer responsible for the accident and receive compensation if the bike is defective. Remember to have your motorcycle serviced regularly and raise any problems that you notice with your mechanic.
If a driver is under 18 years of age, they must complete a motorcycle rider training course. However, this requirement is not required if you are age 18 and older. Unfortunately, too many riders are inexperienced in how to operate a motorcycle. As a result, they get into accidents that more experienced bikers could avoid with ease.
It could save your life. Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? GJEL Can Help California motorcyclists are not powerless after an accident. Even if you are suffering from serious injuries and unable to work, you can still take matters into your own hands. In particular, you might be able to file a claim for compensation if someone else is responsible for the accident.
For example, suing the state or one of its municipalities is a much different process than seeking compensation from the driver of a passenger vehicle on the road. You need to meet deadlines and give the government notice of your claim before you can file a lawsuit in court. To learn more about how we can help, please reach out to us as soon as possible.