Motorcycle accidents can be more catastrophic than typical collisions due to the lower level of protection that a motorcyclist has compared to a passenger vehicle occupant. Unfortunately, there are some places where motorcycle accidents have a higher chance of occurring.
The National Safety Council reports that most motorcycle accidents occur on urban roads and during good weather. By understanding exactly where motorcyclists most commonly experience accidents, riders can be safer when navigating those urban areas.
Intersections are places where motorists must make quick decisions, and many often act impatiently when it is best to exercise caution. It can be more difficult for a driver to notice a motorcycle compared to a larger car, so it is common for a vehicle to collide with an oncoming motorcycle during a turn or to sideswipe a motorcycle proceeding through the intersection alongside the vehicle.
Left-hand turns are dangerous for motorcyclists, even away from major intersections. When attempting a left turn, motorcyclists must be aware of any drivers who fail to notice the motorcycle and are attempting to pass it in the same lane.
Urban freeways see high levels of traffic moving at fast speeds. This can be dangerous for motorcyclists when drivers attempt to merge lanes without properly checking blind spots, as well as when the road is wet from rainy weather or has debris from poor maintenance or nearby construction.
While a motorcyclist cannot control the actions of others on the road, they can maintain heightened awareness in places where accidents are more likely. Motorcyclists who do experience an accident through little or no fault of their own have the right to pursue legal action and compensation.