Motorcycles are one of the most exciting ways to get around. Their speed and open design gives motorcyclists the feeling of being out in the elements while traveling. Unfortunately, there’s also a grim reality that comes along with hopping on a bike: those riding motorcycles are significantly more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than those in cars. Since 2010, more than 40,000 people have died in motorcycle accidents in the United States.
Riding a motorcycle comes with an increased risk. If you choose to ride one, it’s important to be extra careful on the road and learn about the situations that motorcycle accidents normally occur in so that you can avoid a crash. After you educate yourself, there is still a chance you could get in a motorcycle accident. If this happens, then it’s also important to know how to put yourself on the best path to recovery.
Avoiding common causes of motorcycle accidents
Motorcycles take up a different amount of space on the road than other vehicles. Since they have a smaller physical build, there are certain situations in which a rider is at an increased risk.
When a car makes a left-hand turn, cyclists are in greater danger. This is because a motorcyclist may be going straight through an intersection or passing a car, and as a result, may get caught in a car’s blind spot. Lane splitting or weaving is also a situation in which motorcyclists find themselves in harm’s way.
In some states, it’s illegal to ride between lanes, but many riders still do this to pass traffic, even though the law prohibits it. Riders’ close proximity to cars, and the fact that a driver cannot predict a motorcycle zooming by, contribute to many accidents in these situations. Lastly, because motorcycles are smaller vehicles, even minor road hazards like potholes or trash can derail bikes and cause crashes.
In case of an accident
If you are involved in a crash, the first priority should be your physical well-being and the safety of those around you. First, check yourself for any major injuries. Blood, cuts or immediate soreness could be a sign of more serious problems. If you’re fortunate enough to be physically okay, check on others involved in the crash. If you’re not attending to injuries, call 911 and report the accident.
While waiting for police and paramedics to arrive, record details of the scene. Photos, videos, and notes can be valuable resources and may help determine what caused the accident. When police arrive on the scene, they will take an accident report. Give them as much detail as you can of your recollection of what led up to the crash. The more information you can provide, the more helpful you’ll be.
Treatment after a crash
The exposed nature of motorcycles can leave crash victims with serious injuries. In the best cases, where a rider is wearing a helmet and protective gear, he or she may be able to walk away with little or no injury. In many cases, an accident can physically limit a victim for the rest of their life.
The types of injuries normally caused by a motorcycle accident usually require chiropractic care after a crash. Chiropractic treatment aims to provide relief by focusing on the spine and connected joints. This type of care can help alleviate all kinds of pain. Chiropractors are especially proficient at treating back and neck injuries and concussions suffered from head trauma.
Like any medical provider, chiropractors specialize in certain areas. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, then it’s important to find a chiropractor who specializes in vehicle accident injuries.
Back on the open road
For many, nothing can replace the thrill of hopping on a motorcycle and hitting the open road. Taking the necessary steps after a motorcycle accident can help you get back to your favorite pastime.
It’s important to always use extreme caution when riding a motorcycle. Always wear a helmet and protective gear and be extremely aware of your surroundings on the road. If you are involved in an accident, prioritize your well being, seek help, and record the scene. As you look into different recovery options, consider finding a chiropractor that is right for you. Determining your plan of action after a crash can help expedite your recovery process.
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