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What are the common types of motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle accidents are known for causing catastrophic injuries among motorcyclists, whether in Cabell, West Virginia or elsewhere. This winter, motorcyclists should take the opportunity to learn more about motorcycle accidents including common types of motorcycle-related crashes and ways to avoid them.

One of the most common types of motorcycle accidents is caused by a car that turns left in front of a motorcyclist. Such cases often occur at intersections where a car driver is waiting to turn. As a motorcyclist, you need to prepare for an evasive maneuver since some drivers simply do not pay attention to smaller vehicles like motorcycles. You should also check to see if there is something that is blocking the driver's vision. If that is the case, it is important to prepare to apply brakes when needed. Developing a sixth sense is essential among motorcycle riders. Learning to assess the situation and make critical decisions is one of the most effective ways to avoid crashes.

Another common cause of motorcycle accident is when a car suddenly merges into a motorcyclist's lane. Drivers understand that they should treat motorcycles like four-wheeled vehicles. Maintaining a proper distance can certainly prevent motorcycle accidents. However, some drivers tend to forget this simple rule. To avoid this, drivers should always check their mirrors in order to see if some motorcyclists are closely following from behind. Motorcyclists can just slow down and move into a different lane to avoid a worst case scenario.

Riders should also be vigilant when it comes to riding safely. By following these simple tips, they can certainly reduce the chance of getting involved in crashes. If they get involved in a collision, they can seek compensation if the accident was solely caused by the other party involved. Serious personal injuries like broken bones and head injury can be compensated for in a tort claim.

Source: Ride Apart, "10 Common motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them," Wes Siler, Aug. 12, 2015

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