If you instinctively ease off the throttle when you go through an intersection, you’re doing a lot to prevent a serious bike crash. The design of a roadway can play a big part in a road accident, and intersections—particularly t-junctions—are the site of many motorcycle crashes. The most statistically dangerous intersections are those with no lights or signs to guide fast-moving drivers.
Here are just a few ways intersections pose a threat to motorcycle riders:
- Traffic lights. A four-way stop is particularly dangerous when a rider passes beneath a traffic light. Cars on all sides pose a potential threat, especially during rush hour or in an area where the traffic lights are not timed properly to cope with heavy traffic.
- Road surface. The middle of an intersection is a highly-traveled area, and is likely to have potholes, gravel, muddy banks, sand, grating, and other problems with the road surface. They are also a frequent gathering place for road debris, puddles backing up from sewers, and oil slicks from leaking cars.
- T-bone collisions. Intersections pose a danger for two kinds of t-bone accidents: those where the driver strikes the side of a motorcycle, and those where a car pulls into a motorcycle’s path. Bikers are often blamed for many of these accidents, despite the fact that they are much more likely to be seriously injured than the driver of the car.
What Should You Do If You Suffered a Motorcycle Crash at an Intersection?
The first thing you should do after a crash is have someone on your side investigate the scene of the accident. Call us today to have our attorneys begin gathering evidence on your behalf, or order our free book, The KC Biker Bible for more safety tips.