Defensive driving is basically the process of anticipating the mistakes that others are going to make. You watch a car’s front wheel at a two-way stop, for instance. If that wheel starts moving before you cross the intersection, you know that the driver believes it is a four-way stop and is about to pull out in front of you. Though you technically do have the right-of-way, this knowledge can prevent a crash.
While this is wise for everyone, it is most important for motorcyclists. They have very little protection with no frame, no airbags, and no seatbelts. Helmets can only do so much. The best defense a motorcyclist has is that his or her bike is quick and responsive, making it easier to dodge a threat and avoid a crash.
The toll of motorcycle accidents
To see just how unfairly these vehicles stack up, just take a look at the odds of passing away in a motorcycle crash. When you sort the stats by the number of miles that people cover each year, it is about 29 times as likely that someone will pass away in an accident if they’re on a bike. You can’t argue with that level of risk. If any accident happens, even on a brand new bike and with a cutting-edge helmet, the best gear money can buy, fatalities and serious injuries are more likely.
It’s still not your fault
Remember, though, if a car driver makes a mistake and causes an accident that seriously injures you, that’s still not your fault. You’re the victim. You’re not obligated to avoid crashes or be a defensive driver. You need to know how to seek financial compensation from the person who did cause the accident.