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How Motorcycle Accidents Occur and How to Avoid Them


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The one thing which every motorcyclist dreads is being involved in a crash. However, by understanding the most common situations in which motorcycle accidents occur, and the steps you can take to avoid them, you can ensure that you stay as safe as you can when out on the road. Read on to find out more.

Approaching Junctions

Because junctions are an area where different traffic streams interact, they are a prime zone for potential accidents. It could be that a car driver doesn’t see you and so decides to pull out into your path. Even if the other road user does spot you, studies have found that they will still have great difficulty judging the speed of a motorcycle and are likely to underestimate yours. To combat this risk, you should always reduce your speed when approaching a junction, even if the road in front of you is clear and there appears to be no other traffic around. You should also consider the ways in which you can make yourself more visible, by keeping your front headlight illuminated during the day, or wearing hi-vis clothing.

Overtaking

When you overtake another vehicle, it is likely that you will need to move out into the middle of the road. Of course, this places you at risk of collision with oncoming vehicles. For this reason, you should never overtake when you are turning a bend, approaching junctions, or when there is a dip or rise on the road. You should only attempt to overtake another vehicle when you have a clear view of what is ahead. Before you overtake, you should clearly indicate your intention to do so. This will help to avoid a situation in which the driver you are overtaking is spooked by your motorcycle passing their vehicle.

Poor Road Conditions

Wherever you travel on your motorcycle, you will need to get there on a road, and road conditions can vary. Encountering hazardous road conditions creates the ideal situation in which an accident may occur. Road conditions can be affected by the following things:

  • bad weather
  • fuel spills
  • road markings

The only way of dealing with poor road conditions is to look ahead. If you know that bad weather is on the way, or if you know that you will be passing an industrial site, you should be hyper-aware that there may be ice or oil on the road.

Shunts

Shunts most often happen when you are riding a short distance from the car which is in front of you. You can protect yourself by making sure you leave lots of room between your machine and the cars in front of you. If you notice that a car behind you is too close, you should try to give yourself more room in front. If you cannot do this, you should signal to the road user behind you to back off. By following these tips, you can ensure that you stay safe when out on the road. By being aware of locations and situations in which accidents can occur, you can help to protect yourself.