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How does behavior impact crashes for motorcycles?

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It is no secret that motorcyclists face a higher level of risk on the road than drivers of covered vehicles. This is due in part to their size and the lack of protection their vehicle provides.

But behavior also factors into these crashes. This includes the behavior of other drivers on the road, as well as the behavior of the rider.

Behavior of drivers

Science Direct examines the link between behaviors and crashes for motorcycles. Both driver behavior and rider behavior impact both the frequency at which crashes occur, as well as their potential severity.

First, the behavior of other drivers on the road can carry an obvious impact. Many drivers do not spend enough time properly checking for clearance before merging into other lanes. Similarly, they often turn without looking in all directions thoroughly. This can result in crashes due to the small size of motorcycles, which often go unnoticed in these quick checks.

Behavior of riders

But the behavior of riders can also play a role. For example, alertness and visibility both come into play. Many riders do not take enough steps to make themselves as visible as possible to other drivers. Riders should wear reflective or neon material to prevent this.

Additionally, riders should maintain utmost awareness of their surroundings at all times. This allows them to swerve out of the way of other vehicles that might not see them or react quickly enough to avoid them.

And of course, rider speed also factors into this. Motorcyclists should abide by the road rules, including the speed limit, in order to reduce the risk of crashing.