How to avoid common causes of motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C.

May 7, 2021

It is common knowledge that riding a motorcycle is nowhere near as safe driving in a car. Even though you’re having fun, it’s important that you know how to stay safe on the roads in Illinois. Here are some ways to avoid the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.

Car turning left

One of the most common ways that motorcycle riders end up in an accident is by a car turning left in front of them, especially at an intersection. To avoid this, you need to be mindful that it is harder for drivers to see a motorcycle coming than it is for them to see cars coming. With this in mind, you need to be extremely cautious when approaching an intersection in order to give yourself time to react if a driver decides to turn left in front of you.

Getting hit by a car door

Another frequent cause of motorcycle crashes is when a cyclist rides in between two cars and someone opens a car door and hits them. To ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, never ride between cars even if there’s enough room for you to squeeze between them.

Car changing into your lane

Since it is harder for drivers to see a motorcycle than it is to see other cars, it is common that cyclists end up in a car’s blind spot. This can cause cars to change into your lane and hit you off of the road.

You need to be able to recognize when you are in a car’s blind spot if you want to avoid these accidents. If you suspect that you are in a car’s blind spot, get out of there as soon as possible.

Knowing how to avoid common causes of motorcycle accidents will greatly increase your level of safety when riding on the road. If you get hit by a car on the road, scheduling a consultation with a personal injury attorney might help you reach a cash settlement for your medical bills and suffering.