A motorcycle accident can result in serious injuries. In the worst cases, it can result in the death of the rider. If you use your motorcycle with frequency, it would be in your best interests if you knew what the major causes of motorcycle accidents are. By knowing about the risks, you can avoid a severe accident and even save your life.
Drivers don’t see the motorcyclist
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), most motorcycle fatalities involve more than one vehicle. The major cause of two-vehicle accidents is the driver failing to see the motorcyclist before accelerating. That is why, to avoid a serious accident, you must increase your visibility. You can do this by applying reflective materials to your motorcycle and leaving your headlights on at all times. You should also leave enough space between you and other cars, and always signal when you turn.
Driving without experience or a license
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recognized that inexperienced drivers have caused many motorcycle accidents throughout the years. Because of this, a person cannot ride a motorcycle without a proper license in Florida. To get the license, the applicant has to show sufficient knowledge and experience. If you do not have a license, nor the required experience, you must pass all the driving tests to assure yourself that you know how to drive and how to avoid a serious crash.
Driving under the influence of a substance
Driving under the influence of a substance is a crime and a hazardous practice. Substances like alcohol, drugs and even some prescription medication can affect the rider’s judgment, coordination and control of the bike, resulting in catastrophic accidents. Because of this, you must never drive after taking any intoxicating substance. Also, you should ask your doctor if your medication affects your ability to drive.
The right of motorcyclists
A motorcyclist can prevent accidents by driving responsibly. Still, it is not possible to control what others do, which is why the possibility of an accident always exists. If a driver does something wrong and hits you, you have the right to ask them to compensate you for your injuries. You don’t deserve to pay for another’s mistake, and you have the right to fight for compensation in court.