Many people in Texas appreciate riding motorcycles. While motorcycles can provide a vehicular experience that is unparalleled by other options, they also carry a great amount of danger. Motorcycle accidents are often fatal in nature. In order to avoid becoming a statistic, it is important to understand the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 80% of all motorcycle crashes that are reported result in either injury or death to the motorcyclist.
Interestingly, almost a third of all motorcycle accidents are caused by another vehicle on the road not seeing the motorcyclist at an intersection and turning into them. This means that it is very important for motorcycle operators to drive defensively and be extremely alert to their surroundings. Particularly if another vehicle is making a left hand turn, it is very possible that the driver making the turn will not see a motorcyclist. Motorcyclists need to anticipate this reality and drive accordingly.
The issue of visibility is very salient in motorcycle crashes. In the majority of accidents involving motorcycles, other drivers reported not being able to see the motorcyclist. Particularly if the driver is distracted, he or she may not notice a motorcycle. Again, defensive driving is paramount.
Lack of experience is also a big factor in motorcycle crashes. It is estimated that a third of all motorcyclists who died in accidents were not licensed to actually operate the motorcycle. Thus, going through a licensing program and ensuring that you are legally able to operate the motorcycle does not just protect you from a ticket, it can actually save your life.