From driving too fast to inattentive drivers or incorrectly calculated overtaking: There are several reasons for accidents with motorcycles. With automatic accident detection including alarms, BikerSOS is a very useful app for saving the lives of riders and co-drivers – so the next ride can start soon!
Statistically, the risk of death for motorcycles is about four times higher than for cars. Dangerous behaviour of bikers and car drivers play a decisive role in this. The exact reasons for motorcycle accidents have hardly changed for a long time.
1. Misjudgement of curves
If you enter a curve too fast, it can lead in the worst case to the loss of vehicle control. Especially straight lines in front of tighter S-curves with their temptation to accelerate often initiate this situation. Maybe you manage in the first part of the chicane to slow down before you start to slide. In this case, however, the overburdened driver may fail to turn up the motorcycle, especially with heavy machines.
2. Falling below critical distances to cars
Too little distance to the next upcoming vehicle, most of the time it is a car, increases the probability of a collision. Unfortunately, particularly on motorways, there are sometimes fierce duels between cars and motorcyclists. Especially dangerous: Some drivers tend to apply the handbrake to keep the following biker at distance, because within this kind of deceleration the brake light wont be on and he will be shocked, but the motorcyclist could end up hitting the car. Even the slightest touch of the rear with the front wheel is likely to cause a fall, especially at high speeds. Swinging from left to right and back in the rear-view mirror of the driver, which is popular with some bikers, contributes to this risk – both provocatively and physically: If the front wheel collides in an inclined position, a motorcycle accident can hardly be avoided.
Exhaustion during long trips considerably increases the risk of accidents in critical situations: Either the body coordination is no longer sufficient to maintain control or the reaction time simply becomes too long. Remember to take sufficient breaks and not to force your way to your destination.
4. Overtaking: scarce, scarcer, too close
Overtaking manoeuvres on busy country roads with many bends are perhaps among the most subtle pitfalls. For every car which is overtaken, there is greater certainty that even the next, somewhat tighter manoeuvre can be mastered in oncoming traffic – until its density surprisingly increases, for example at the entrance to bends. This often happens on strong machines with their calming brute force acceleration. Conversely, overtaking cars, which shear out, oversee overtaking motorcycles in the rear-view mirror and motorcycle accidents are almost unavoidable.
5. Often overestimated: technical safety potential
Modern machines with considerably more integrated driving safety than in earlier times convey a deceptive feeling of safety. As with cars: Electronically optimised vehicle behaviour only facilitates accident-free driving within the driving physics – of course, this never ceases to apply. Anyone who then exceeds this limit at an even higher speed thanks to the safety systems will experience the loss of control at even higher forces.
A popular error in reasoning on the winding country road, for example: “I can get through it quickly – if necessary, my ABS get me out of this”. If this system then reaches physical limits, the fall follows at particularly high speed.
Which other reasons can lead to a motorcycle accident?