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Top 5 causes of motorcycle crashes in New York

A motorcycle can be a great way to get around the city. Gas is less expensive, traffic is more manageable and finding a parking spot is easier than in a car. In respect to that, it is important to focus on safety when riding. Here are the five most common causes of motorcycle collisions in the city and how to avoid them.

1. Rear-endings

Fender benders are a big part of New York traffic. Crowded streets and stop-and-go traffic make it easy for drivers to grow complacent, leading to these collisions. Unfortunately, they can be fatal for a motorcyclist. You can protect yourself by hugging the sides of the lane to give yourself an escape if the cars behind you are not slowing down quickly enough.

2. Lane changes

Cars change lanes into motorcycles all too frequently. Often, the driver of a car doesn't see the bike and swerves right into it when trying to change lanes. It is one of the more common accidents for motorcycles, and one of the most dangerous. Your best defense is to remain proactive and always think about the blind spot ranges on the cars around you.

3. Left turns

This is by far the most common cause of accidents for motorcycles in New York City. Cars either fail to see the bike or misjudge the timing and turn left in front of the motorcycle. Driving head first into a car is dangerous and the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. For left turn accidents, the best defense is a good offense. In this case, you should stay vigilant and look for signs that someone could turn in front of you, like gaps in traffic or a car waiting to turn at an intersection. It's wise to assume that cars will turn in front of you, so try to be prepared to react and take evasive action to reduce your likelihood of sustaining serious injuries.

4. Splitting lanes

While this is legal in some locations, New York is not one of them. Lane splitting is one of the most frequent moving violations for motorcyclists in the city, and it leads to a large number of collisions. Anything from cars swerving into you to parked cars suddenly opening doors can be a threat. Your best and safest choice is to obey the law and avoid this behavior.

5. Slippery turns

Bad weather is a part of life in the Big Apple. The weather presents the biggest danger for a rider when trying to take a fast corner. The slippery conditions can cause trouble for any rider. You can protect yourself in this case by being extra cautious when the roads are wet or icy.

Even when you keep your defenses sharp, motorcycle accidents can occur. You can protect yourself further by making sure your insurance is adequate and up to date. If you are involved in an accident, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney to help you make the best possible decisions after a collision in order to protect yourself.

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