Published on March 15th, 2019 | by James Simpson
How To Safely Eject From Your Motorcycle In Accidents
Riding a motorcycle is awesome fun. You’re not confined in like you are inside a car. The wind can be felt all over your body and the sense of speed is a lot more vivid. The acceleration of motorcycles, especially in the modern age, is brutal. It’s something that can hardly be described to most car users. They don’t know how fast a man made machine can be until they have ridden a 1,000cc motorcycle. However, with half the wheels comes double the danger. Motorcycles are difficult to slow down effectively and do remain hazardous in tight corners. Maybe one day you will have an accident that is not your fault and other times it might be that the bike got away from you. Regardless of what the reason of the accident is, you should learn how to protect yourself as much as possible. Avoiding maximum injury is of course the main goal, so you need to get into the mindset of ejecting from your bike if need be. The motorcycle might get smashed to pieces but it’s better if it does, and you don’t.
Don’t freeze up
When motorcycles become unstable the rider can add or decrease this just by their immediate reaction. Don’t freeze up and just rely on the bike to slow down and eventually calm down as well. You have to be proactive but not hyperactive when things go wrong. For example, your motorcycle hits a drain cover that is slightly up or perhaps you ride over sheet ice and it begins to fishtail. The last thing you want to do is freeze up and sit upright. This makes the bike top heavy and now that you’re fishtailing and rear is wobbling all over the place, it’s going to become even more erratic. Instead, lower your centre of gravity, get off the pedals and lower your feet toward the floor. Then gently use both brakes and straighten the motorcycle up. The bike will slow down and regain it’s composure. If you freeze up and allow the fishtail to get worse and worse you will end up crashing.
Let go of the bars
When motorcycles are past the point of no return, you have to think quickly. For example when you’re taking a sharp corner and the machine just simply gives out from underneath you. It’s best to just let go of the bars when you know you are about to hit the ground. This is because your arms and legs can get trapped underneath the motorcycle as it skids along the floor. This can cause massive internal hemorrhaging and of course a large chance of your bones being crushed. Letting go of the machine will also allow you to stop sooner, while the bike will take longer to grind to a halt. This is something to keep in mind when and if you approach a junction too fast or if your brakes fail. When you do let go, remember to land sideways on your elbow, pelvis, legs and hips. This way you will enter into a natural roll that limits the amount of road rash and blunt force trauma you might suffer.
Get the right gear
Many times we think that the minimum protection we need on our bikes is just a helmet and some knee pads. How wrong you are if you do hold this position on your own safety. You need high quality motorcycle clothing that protects your chest as well as your back. This is because sometimes the way accidents happen on a motorcycle, the centre mass of our bodies and moreover our toros, can get penetrated by hard objects such as branches of trees. The extra protection on your toros both front and back does add extra weight to your body, but It’s far better to be safe than sorry. Getting the right kind of gear can save your life, while buying cheaply and or not buying protective gear at all, can result in the obvious consequences. Get protection for your head and torso above all else. This way if you do eject yourself from your motorcycle you can be protected from projectiles, skidding and even blunt force trauma.
There may come a time when you need to eject from your own motorcycle and let your machine tumble on in front of you. Fishtailing often is the main cause of motorcycle accidents when no one else is involved. Remember to not freeze up and lower your centre of gravity. If you do need to eject, land on your side and enter into a roll to limit injury. Getting the right gear will also save your life if you do ever hit anything after ejecting.