The Differences Between High-Side and Low-Side Motorcycle Accidents
Always practice proper motorcycle safety on the roads! People in the Brooksville, Spring Hill, and Wesley Chapel areas should keep in mind some of the dangers when riding, such as "low side" and "high side" accidents.
A "low side" motorcycle accident refers to a crash resulting from a loss of traction, which causes the motorcycle and rider to fall and skid on the pavement. It is important to wear the proper protective clothing when riding. In the event of a low side accident, protective clothing will be the only defense between your body and the friction of the pavement. These accidents can cause the motorcycle and rider to slide together across the center line into oncoming traffic, or off the road into other hazards like trees or road signs.
The term "high side" motorcycle accident refers to an accident when the rider is thrown from the bike. It is generally the more severe form of accident, as more serious injuries such as broken bones and serious head injuries can result from being thrown from the moving motorcycle. These sorts of accidents can of course be fatal. A loss of traction and quick recovery of traction can cause this kind of accident. It is called "high side" because the rider is thrown higher than the bike itself. There is a danger in high side accidents of the motorcycle following the ejected rider and crushing them upon impact.
To prevent either kind of accident, it is important to be careful when braking and to maintain a balance between front and rear brakes, not using one too heavily to the point that it locks and loses traction with the road surface. Of course, slick road conditions, or patches of sand, oil, or other hazards are to be avoided. Be very careful braking when you are riding in the rain or other hazardous conditions. It is also important to be cautious in traffic and be aware of sudden lane changes or quick braking from other motorists, some of whom may not be paying close attention and may not see you. Be careful not to ride in the "blind spot" of other vehicles in front of you.
The state of Florida offers a program of Rider Training through the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles at http://motorcycles.hsmv.state.fl.us/.
Visit their site for more information on motorcycle safety issues such as proper turning and protective gear. You may have seen the popular sticker "Motorcycles are Everywhere!" It really is true. Always be safe out there on the roads!