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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents (And How To Avoid Them)

Motorcycles are one of the most popular forms of transportation in the United States as well as in Florida. One of the many things that sets the motorcycle apart from the standard automobile is the exposure to outside elements. Motorcycles lack seatbelts, airbags, and most other safety features offered by an automobile. This means motorcyclists are at a greater risk for injury and death than people that drive automobiles. 

A leading cause of death or injury for motorcyclists is unsafe lane changes. Lane changes are one of the more dangerous maneuvers that car drivers make, but the risk increases for motorcyclists. Practice safe lane changes by always checking fist, signalling, and not changing lanes abruptly. Another leading cause of death and injury for motorcyclists are car doors. Many car drivers open their doors into the road or path of a motorcyclist. This can easily lead to a collision, or cause the cyclist to change direction abruptly. As a car driver or rider, you can prevent these kinds of accidents by checking before you open your car door. 

Speeding is a leading cause of accidents for everyone on the road. Exceeding the speed limit by a large margin gives everyone less time to react to other people, thus increasing the odds of an accident happening. Driving reasonably within the speed limit is a great way for all drivers to reduce the number of accidents, however, this is especially true for motorcycles. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is another way all drivers can find themselves in an accident or worse. Obeying the law and driving sober will drastically reduce your odds of being in an accident. 

Lane splitting is another way for motorcyclists to get into trouble on the road. This maneuver is very unusual in the United States and can easily lead to injury or death. Avoid lane splitting and make the road safer for all. 

If you or a loved one are involved in an accident, call Esposito Law Firm today.