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Why intersections are dangerous for motorcyclists

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience, offering a unique blend of freedom and connection to the road. However, it also comes with inherent risks. Intersections, in particular, can be perilous for motorcyclists.

Motorcycle accidents at intersections are unfortunately common occurrences, often resulting in severe injuries or fatalities. Understanding why these accidents happen is crucial to staying safe on your next ride.

Factors contributing to heightened risk at intersections

Motorcycles have a smaller profile compared to cars and trucks. This makes it easier for drivers of larger vehicles to miss you in their blind spots, especially when turning left. Always be aware of a car’s blind spots and avoid lingering in them.

Left-turn accidents are particularly common. A driver turning left may simply not see you approaching in the opposite lane, or they may misjudge your speed and distance. Be extra cautious at intersections where you have oncoming traffic turning left.

Running red lights or stop signs happens; unfortunately, motorcycles often bear the brunt of these risky maneuvers. Always be prepared for unexpected actions from other drivers, even when you have the right of way.

Distracted driving is a major threat on the road, and intersections are a prime location for this dangerous behavior. Drivers who are texting, talking on phones or simply lost in thought may not see you at all.

Staying safe at intersections

While the dangers are real, they don’t have to stop you from enjoying your ride. You can take proactive measures to help minimize your risk at intersections. For starters, make yourself seen! Use your high beam during the day (where legal) and wear brightly colored gear. Don’t forget to constantly scan the entire intersection for potential hazards. This way, you can anticipate other drivers’ actions and be prepared to react defensively.

Another important tip is to ride as if other drivers don’t see you. Maintain a safe following distance and avoid riding directly next to larger vehicles in their blind spots. Moreover, avoid riding on the sidewalk when approaching an intersection. Take a lane position that maximizes your visibility to other drivers.

Also, remember that speeding through intersections can increase your chances of an accident and reduce your reaction time. You’re better off entering intersections at a safe speed and maintaining a predictable course.

Understanding risks and taking these precautions can significantly reduce your chances of being involved in an accident at an intersection. However, should you get involved in an accident with a vehicle despite riding defensively, you can consider pursuing compensation for your injuries.