While you love riding your motorcycle around California, one thing you could do without is the possibility of crashing. You take every safety measure you can, but still, there is just no guarantee. Do you know what often leads to motorcycle crashes?

Turn to Motorcyclist for answers. Use their insights and research to reduce your chances of becoming a motorcycle accident statistic.

Dangerous curves

Many motorcycle accidents happen around curves. Specifically, inexperienced motorcyclists often take turns too quickly or are not used to navigating curves. Having trouble seeing upcoming curves and corners is another reason for crashes.

Slow speed

Rather than an outright crash, some cyclists experience mishaps due to slow speeds, which can result in a bike toppling over. Slow speed mishaps usually happen during U-turns, stopping and starting.

Problematic intersections

At intersections, motorists may not keep an eye out for motorcycles, which can lead to crashes. Motorcyclists also have to think like drivers and consider blind spots and how drivers handle lane changes, turns and the like. Those on motorcycles should get into the habit of covering their brakes while navigating intersections.

Swerving

When a motorcycle swerves, it may lose contact with the road, which can lead to a crash. Rather than focus too much on swerving to avoid an object in the road or a pothole, learn how to properly stop.

Road conditions

Learn how to maneuver yourself and your bike on gravel roads, slopes and dirt. Specifically, practice keeping your balance while going up and down hills and maintaining proper traction on gravel and dirt.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.