Taking a long trip on your motorcycle or even just going to the local store means that you may encounter people or situations that put you in danger. Even if you take precautions, you still may face an accident while on the road.
Learning more about these incidents and how other people’s actions can impact your ride is key when you are dealing with a crash.
Visibility and easy noticeability
According to the United States Department of Transportation, in 2021, motorcycle drivers were around 24 times as likely to die in a crash than people riding in a car were.
When comparing these vehicles to cars, motorcycles are easier to miss on the road since they are smaller in size and height. If a car or truck is turning, the driver can potentially forget to look around and run into you or clip your wheel and cause a wreck.
Top speeds and wheel grip
While some motorcycles can move alongside cars at a fast pace, they have two fewer wheels than most cars, which means that they may not build up speed as quickly. When confronted with a possible crash, motorcyclists may not have as much ability to completely stop as quickly as well.
Protection around the driver
The added protection of the doors and chassis of a car helps drivers and passengers when another vehicle runs into it. However, motorcycles will throw the driver off. This means motorcyclists are more at risk when in a collision with another vehicle.
Learning about the ways your motorcycle changes how a crash impacts your health can help you as you share the road with other people.