Main causes of motorcycle accidents

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Accidents are terrible for all involved. For most parents whose child rides a motorcycle, you always dread for that phone call or the knock on your door.

To prevent motorcycle accidents, you need to understand why and how they happen and what you can do to prevent or minimise the risks. Below is a list of some of the common factors surrounding motorcycle accidents:

  • Collision with another car
  • Collision with a road sign, tree or electrical posts
  • Loss of control by the rider
  • Poor road conditions
  • Collision with a pedestrian or animal
  • Speed
  • Motorcycle defects or poor maintenance
  • Negligence of the rider or the driver of the other vehicle
  • Distraction and lack of attention paid to surroundings
  • Alcohol consumption, also the overriding cause in most fatal accidents

If your child has just purchased a motorcycle, here are some few thoughtful lessons you can pass on:

  1. Be mindful of other road users, especially at intersections, zebra crossings, near school zones.
  2. Watch your speed and respect the speed limit, especially where there are road curves, poor road conditions or poor visibility.
  3. Ensure you regularly maintain your motorcycle. Check tire pressures, brakes and the engine.
  4. Wear your helmet as it reduces your level of injury in case you get into an accident.
  5. Do not ride under the influence of alcohol as your judgement will be impaired and you will likely make more mistakes in comparison to when you are sober.

A simple mistake can escalate into an unfortunate accident. Remember, as a rider, you are more at risk to suffer from fatal or serious injuries.

Ride safely and make sure you get an adequate insurance for yourself.

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