With its long riding season due to pleasant weather, Texas really is motorcycle country. Motorcycle riders can be a common sight on Texas streets, rural roads and highways. For many bikers, nothing beats the freedom of riding in the open air, the sun shining on your skin and the wind blowing through your hair.
But, sometimes, people may forget that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. Those dangers can be attributed to a variety of reasons including poor weather, inept car drivers, and even you – the motorcycle rider.
Several reasons for motorcycle accidents
Safety awareness can reduce your chances of getting into an accident. Here is a list of some of the more common causes for accidents:
- Alcohol: Riders should avoid drinking alcohol, or at least know your imbibing limits: In 2015, the Governors Highway Safety Association reported that 27 percent of all U.S. motorcyclists who died on the road were drunk.
- A vehicle turns left in front of you: Many car drivers just plain don’t see you or misjudge your speed. Perhaps its due to inattentiveness, being distracted on a cellphone or blind spots. Be alert, intuitive and a defense driver.
- You strike gravel, sand or other objects in the road.
- Driving too fast as you turn a corner: Maintain the speed limit and don’t drive too fast for conditions. Many of these accidents are attributed to inexperienced riders. It can’t hurt to enroll in a safety course.
- A vehicle changes lanes in front of you: Be aware of a car’s blind spots, and be on the alert when the car shows signs of changing lanes. Sometimes, car drivers don’t use their turn signals, so you need to develop a sixth sense for safety.
- Careless riding friends: Know how to properly ride in a group. Sometimes, one rider will make an unexpected move, causing an accident. One way to avoid this is to ride alone.
- A car door opens in front of you: Avoid riding between parked cars and a traffic lane. You don’t want to drive into an open door and get hurt. Unaware pedestrians, too, can step out of cars.
- Slick roads: They can be caused by oil slicks, but, often, rain is the main culprit. Make sure you have good tires.
A great amount of responsibility comes with riding a motorcycle. One is to be responsible for your own safety. Motorcycle riders must not only rely on safety rules, the rules of the road, but their own intuition, too. Stay smart, and trust your gut.