Many motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers who do not give motorcycles the same level of attention as they do other vehicles. This is often the case at intersections, where drivers may not be looking out for motorcycles when making a turn. Motorcyclists should be particularly cautious when approaching intersections, as cars and trucks may not watch out for them before turning — resulting in dangerous or potentially fatal injuries to the biker. Beyond intersections, drivers may be negligent in other ways. A driver may switch lanes suddenly, slow down unexpectedly or make a turn without signaling. Any of these actions could cause a crash, with the rider taking most of the impact given the size of each vehicle and his or her lack of protection. A need to brake suddenly could cause a motorcycle to skid out, putting you at risk for additional injuries. To help avoid these accidents, riders should be careful when they are on busy roads and highways, and try to anticipate what other drivers will do. Pass vehicles with caution, and be alert for sudden slowing down or speeding up of cars and trucks.
In addition to the danger of other drivers on the road, weather and street conditions can lead to accidents. Motorcycles are less stable than vehicles with four or more wheels, and so often they cannot handle changing road conditions such as loose gravel, wet roads or sudden turns in the road. Driving at excessive speeds can make it difficult to negotiate these hazards, leading to crashes. While no rider or driver can control the weather or road conditions and because bikers are at increased risk of serious injury in an accident, it makes sense to keep your speed in check so that you can handle these obstacles with ease.