The Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
A two-part series dealing with the most common types of motorcycle accidents.
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It is not surprising that many people choose motorcycles over cars. They are fast and fun with most of them more fuel-efficient than ever. Huge fans of motorcycles are everywhere but unfortunately, most of them do not know about the dangers of motor vehicles.
Motorcyclists are exposed to a much greater risk whenever they are on the road. The vehicle they are driving has no exterior body to protect them. Therefore, when they are involved in a road accident, they will often sustain severe injuries, even result in death.
Motorcycle Accidents by the Numbers
Accidents happen anywhere in the world and it is usually not the fault of the motorcyclist. However, for three years in a row since 2014, Florida remains at the top spot when it comes to motorcycle accidents. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), deaths due to motorcycle have risen 30% more in Florida from 2014 to 2015. Florida had 606 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2015 alone and during that year, Tampa and the rest of Hillsborough County were considered the second worst county for motorcycle accidents in Florida.
In the Tampa Bay area, motorcycle accidents happened more frequently in 2016. The trend continued and it almost amounted to one motorcycle-related death every four days. In a separate report, there were 153 fatal accidents in Hillsborough County with 25 of them involved motorcycles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). So far, 2017 is still proving that Florida, including Tampa Bay area, as a dangerous spot for bikers.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents to Watch Out For
There are many factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents. While motorcyclists already know that riding their precious bikes is dangerous, they still have faith in them – sometimes, too much confidence. Motorcycles have extremely powerful brakes, grippy tires, excellent handling, and offer vision that is free from obstruction.
However, there are times when accidents cannot be avoided no matter how careful you are. Here are the most common types of motorcycle crashes:
Some motorcyclists are simply too bold, especially when taking on a bend or a corner, when in fact, it is one of the most hazardous paths when driving. Often, motorcyclists miscalculate the size and the angle of the turn, which leads to an unfortunate accident.
Speed and timing are essential but when these two are not handled properly, the rider will hit the brake at the wrong time. It would often cause the rider to be thrown off the bike. Also, there are people who do not look at the signs, poles, or trees, which could give clues to how the road would look like ahead, which causes this type of accident as well.
A great number of accidents occur because the motorcycle rider does not leave enough space for the other vehicle in front of him. The car in front could stop all of a sudden which could result in a rear-end collision.
Such accidents are a lot worse with bikes rather than with cars colliding with each other. Although motorcycles are lighter than cars, they only have two wheels, making it powerless over a heavier vehicle. It is hard to keep the motorcycle stable on its wheels if a collision happens.
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