Every person has to go through unique situations. No matter how similar your situations seem to the past day or to someone else’s situations, deep details will still show that your case was unique. Despite such uniqueness in situations, we cannot let go of the similarities and commonalities, and design a new strategy for every single situation. People in traffic have accidents in many different ways but some accidents are pretty common. For example, you will naturally expect a lot of slipping accidents when there is snow on the roads in winters.
Motorcycles are not the best vehicles when it comes to safety. You are in the open and no amount of protection is enough. The best you can do besides wearing the right protecting gear is having knowledge of the most common types of motorcycle accidents and developing a strategy while riding your motorcycle to avoid those accidents as much as possible. We have mentioned 5 most common accidents that motorcycle riders encounter and the strategies that you can implement in order to keep yourself safe and away from these accidents.
Animals Crossing The Road
You could expect any animal on your way especially if you live in an area where there are woods and wilderness around you. Even in the busy streets you could encounter a cat or dog on your way. The problem with such animal accidents is that they would suddenly come out of nowhere right in front of you and so you have no time to prepare for the situation.
Mostly, you would panic and lose control. While trying to save the animal you will have a bad fall on the road or you will hit in another vehicle going right beside you or coming from the front.
- How To Avoid?
If you are going on a road that has trees, jungle and wilderness on both sides, you would want to slow down as much as you can. Keep scanning the road and don’t lose focus. Do not neglect the signs informing you about the presence of deers, stags or other animals. Animals are rushing mostly in the morning time so be careful in the morning.
Be mentally prepared for emergency stops and also fix your brakes, clutch and other parts of the motorcycle to avoid the accident. You can always rehearse the emergency stops to prepare for such a situation.
Sudden Lane Change By Vehicles
Whenever you are on busy roads, busy streets and metropolitan areas, you will encounter a lot of vehicles changing lanes as if they were on empty roads. You will also see this happening a lot during rush hours when people are either running back to home from offices or going to offices and move ahead or slow down. Applying brakes abruptly will cause the traffic on your back to hit you in the rear sometimes. Not applying brakes can result in you hitting right in that vehicle that forced you to take evasive manoeuvres.
- How To Avoid?
First, always maintain a safe distance from other vehicles not only when you are behind them but when you are going side by side with them. There are blind spots for vehicle drivers and you would want to stay out of them. If you don’t have to do something important it is best that you avoid riding during the rush hours. If you can’t avoid the rush hours, it is better to stay to the left side of the road. This allows you to keep an eye on the traffic on only one side and not worrying about traffic coming from both sides (More motorcycle accident avoidance tips here.)
Gravel On Turns
Sometimes, the construction companies have to build roads with deep curves. While turning on these curves your motorcycle is often leaning in one direction. What this means is that your grip on the road is less than what it is when you are riding straight. A little gravel on such a turn can easily cause you to slip and slide.
- How To Avoid
You will find gravel on the road commonly after rains. Therefore, keep your speeds slower when it has just rained before you put your motorcycle on the road. It is also best that you practice control over your brakes so you can apply brakes while turning as well. Anti-lock brakes are best in this scenario. The best way to avoid this accident is to stay slow because no matter how much control you have on your brakes, you can still slip very easily on gravel.
Vehicles Turning Left Suddenly
We can safely say that most motorcycle accidents happen for this one reason. A car is oncoming and somehow the driver completely misses spotting the motorcyclist. He makes a left turn and the moving motorcyclist has no option but to hit right into the vehicle or slide on the road in an attempt to save his life.
- How To Avoid
The best you can do is make yourself as known and visible as possible on the road. You can make use of mounts that use auxiliary lights and gear that is visible even in the dark to avoid such accidents. It can also help if you notice the driver of that oncoming vehicle. If no eye contact is made by that driver and he/she’s getting ready with his hands on the steering to turn, he/she has not seen you.
Moving Fast On Curves
Who does not feel adventurous while riding a motorcycle? Yes, riding a motorcycle can be the most tempting experience but it is also dangerous. What happens in this scenario is that you find yourself on a curve that is getting tighter as you go ahead on it. Realizing in the middle of the curve that your speed is not suitable to make that tight turn could result in panic.
The motorcycle rider often cannot control the motorcycle in this scenario and heads straight to some pole or other object on the side of the road. It happens because instead of leaning a little to make the turn the rider panics and stiffens the body.
- How To Avoid
The best way to stay safe in this particular scenario is to avoid over speeding. When you are going beyond your skill limits, you can already hear voices on the inside telling you that you are not doing the right thing. When you come across a curve, just slow down and show all your speeding skills toward the end of the curve. If you have suddenly realized that the curve is getting tighter, lean a little to the side and make the turn rather than panicking and going off the road.
Whenever you ride your motorcycle, keep your safety gear on. In your safety gear you should have the helmet as the most important item. You can also buy jackets and vests that are meant to provide you protection when you slip on a motorcycle. Gloves can also provide great protection when you have fallen and you are sliding on your hands on the road. Keep your speed limited to as much as you can handle. Make the turns at a slow speed and take your senses to their optimum when riding a motorcycle during rush hours.