Riding a motorcycle is enjoyable, but dangerous. If you are taking to the roads, it is important that you educate yourself about the most common varieties of motorcycle accidents.
The best way to prevent motorcycle accidents is to be an educated driver. Drivers who are new should take a licensed motorcycle safety course. The next step is to understand common motorcycle accident scenarios. According to Ride Apart, the most common accident involving a car and a motorcycle is when a car turns left and does not see the motorcyclist going straight.
Why is this so common?
Most motorists are not accustomed to sharing the roadway with motorcycles. This means that when they are taking a left hand turn when the oncoming traffic light is green, they may merely perceive the absence of an automobile and not the presence of a motorcycle. Additionally, many drivers have a hard time judging how fast a motorcycle is actually going.
The best way to prevent this accident is to be aware that this is very common. If you are approaching an intersection and you suspect that a driver is looking to turn left, it is good practice to slow down and prepare for potential evasive maneuvering. Having your hand and foot on the brakes will also help you stop quickly if it is necessary.
What else can I do?
The biggest threat as a motorcyclist motorists not seeing you. This, combined with the fact that many motorcyclist like to dress in black is a potentially deadly combination. In addition to wearing appropriate safety gear, make sure that the gear is bright colors and easily seen. You are less likely to sustain injury wearing electric green as opposed to brown.