Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Ontario

Make Sure They Don’t Happen to You!

Keep safe! As we head into motorcycle season, freshen up on your motorcycle safety to ensure an injury-free summer.
Here are the common causes of motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them:

1. Not Being Seen

One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is not being seen by other vehicles. Avoid blindspots and wear bright clothing where possible.

2.Uneven or Slippery Ground

Because motorcycles have 2 wheels instead of four they are even more susceptible to instability. Avoid going out within an hour of rainfall and always make sure you have excellent tires.

3. Entering a Corner Too Fast

Always take it slow around corners. Entering a corner too fast is very hard to correct while it’s happening.

4. Getting Hit From Behind

While fender benders are common, they are fatal to motorcyclist. To avoid them, motorcyclists should stop to the side rather than the centre of the lane and rapidly flash your break light by tapping a brake lever.

5. Alcohol

Never ever drink alcohol and drive a motorcycle. It is the number one cause of motorcycle accidents.

Want to reduce the risk of a crash? New riders, and those who want a refresher, should take a basic motorcycle driving course such as the one available at Algonquin College. To register call 1-800-565-4723.

Saying you didn’t see a cyclist is no excuse! Motorcycles can do their best to avoid accidents, but it is also the responsibility of cars to watch the road.

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