Five Common Types of Virginia Motorcycle Accident and How to Avoid Them
As a motorcyclist, you face dangers on an almost daily basis on the roads of Virginia and North Carolina. Here are five common types of Virginia motorcycle accident and advice on how to avoid them.
You can’t prevent accidents but there are some things you can do to help protect yourself against some of the most common accident scenarios. Here are five common causes of accidents and what you can do to avoid them.
1 A Car Turns Left in Front of You
This is the most common type of motorcycle accident. Typically, a car fails to see you or misjudges your speed. Distracted or inattentive drivers will look for other cars but fail to consider motorcycles.
To help avoid this kind of accident, you should look for signs that indicate a driver is about to make a turn. There may be a gap in traffic at an intersection. You should also look out for cars about to make turns in driveways or in parking lots. Slow down, cover your brakes and get ready to take evasive action.
Look at the wheels, not the car. They’ll give you the first clue of movement. Also be aware of what’s behind and to your side. Should you need to take evasive action, you’ll need to know what’s around you.
2 You Entered A Curve Too Fast
Motorcyclists often lose control of their bikes on curves. It may be sharper than you thought. You may be going too fast.
Make sure to maintain a steady speed. Only ride as fast as you can see and use visual clues like utility poles and signs to judge a road’s direction, even if that road is disappearing over a blind crest.
If you do find yourself going too fast in a corner, trust the bike and try to ride it out rather than braking sharply. Don’t panic if a peg or knee or something else touches down, just try to hold the angle, look for the corner exit and ride it out.
3 A Car Changes Lane Into Your Space
Sometimes when motorcyclists are riding into traffic, cars can veer into the space they are occupying. Many motorists have a blind spot when it comes to riders.
You should be aware of where blind spots are and spend as little time in them as possible. If you can see a driver’s eyes in their mirrors, then they have the ability to see you too.
Beware of situations where lane changes are more likely such as where highway traffic is slowing and one lane is moving faster than others. People are going to want to be in that lane. Don’t be where they want to be. Other signs to look out for include turn signals, wheels turning and a car wandering across a lane while the driver checks his mirrors.
4 A Car Hits You From Behind
If you have to suddenly stop or slow down due to an obstacle in the road or another factor or are at an intersection, a car may hit you from behind. The rear-ender is the most common kind of auto accident. Even a “fender bender” can kill a motorcyclist.
You can help avoid this scenario by pulling safely in front of a car at an intersection meaning you are cushioned from impacts. You will also be afforded more protection by stopping to the side rather than the center of a lane, keeping the bike in gear and your right hand on the throttle. Pay attention to traffic behind you and be prepared to move should it appear someone’s about to hit you.
A Car Opened Its Door
People opening car doors without looking at the road behind them, is a significant cause of injuries to motorcyclists and cyclists. There’s a reason why cyclists call the area close to a car door the “death zone.”
Even if a collision is inevitable, reducing your speed may help, but the most effective way of avoiding being hit by a car door is not to ride too close to parked cars.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Virginia or North Carolina, you should call our experienced motorcycle injury lawyers. You can order our new book What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia on our website. Call us at 757.455.0077.