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3 common motorcycle accidents caused by negligent drivers

Riding a motorcycle can be risky. If a passenger car or commercial vehicle hits you, you could suffer a severe injury or even face death. Because you have less protection on a motorcycle, it is important for you to remain constantly alert for the vehicles around you. 

Learning about the most common causes of motorcycle crashes and how to avoid them will help you prevent accidents. Below are the most frequent reasons motorcycle collisions occur. 

1. A car enters your lane

At some point, you might be riding along in traffic when a car suddenly veers into your lane. This is often due to the fact that a driver does not see a motorcyclist in a blind spot. While you cannot control the negligence of other drivers, you can try your best to stay out of blind spots and look for signs a driver might change lanes, such as turn signals and wheels turning. 

2. A vehicle cuts you off while turning left

According to RideApart, this is the most common type of motorcycle crash. If a driver fails to see you, he or she may turn in front of you while approaching an intersection. This is often due to driver distraction, inattention and blind spots. Be aware of signs a driver may turn in front of you and prepare to slow down or evade the situation. 

3. A driver opens his or her door on you

This is a common occurrence, especially in the busy streets of Chicago. A driver may not pay attention whatsoever to traffic conditions when opening the car door. To avoid plowing into an open door, avoid riding between parked cars and an active traffic lane. 

Inattentive and straight-up negligent motorists can cause a lot of damage to your bike and your body. Do your best to ride defensively and avoid these three common motorcycle accidents. 

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