While the potential for motorcycle accidents abound in the traffic situation ahead of the biker, he should never forget that danger lurks behind him as well. The motorcycle’s slender profile and lack of bright tail lights make it less visible from behind than from other angles. This means that the rear end motorcycle accident is an ever-present possibility. How does the motorcyclist protect himself from rear end accidents without eyes on the back of his head? By using the right defensive riding strategies.

Deal Effectively with Tailgaters

Tailgaters are best handled by moving out of their way. If you are riding too slowly in a passing lane, move over to a slow lane. If this option doesn’t exist and you are keeping up with traffic, then increase your following distance from the vehicle in front. This allows you to brake more gently so that the tailgater isn’t taken by surprise.

Allow Plenty of Space When Stopped at Intersections

A¬†buffer of space in front of you serves two purposes. First, it allows you to get out of the way should you see a car approaching too rapidly from behind. Second, if you are rear ended, you won’t get crushed between the car in front and the car in back.

Give Yourself an Escape Route When Stopped at Intersections

This is commonly done by placing yourself near the side of the lane. This means you can quickly skirt to the side of the car in front with very little turning. Make sure there is enough room for your bike ahead, keep your bike in gear for a quick getaway, and keep an eye on the traffic situation behind you.

Be Alert to Common Rear End Accident Situations

These include sharp curves in roads where backed up traffic is hidden around the corner, abrupt speed changes on interstate highways, and traffic accidents that distract the motorists behind you.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and need advice, contact us to learn more about your options.


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