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What causes unidirectional phobia?

Since motorcycles are especially vulnerable to automobile accidents, maintaining control over your motorcycle is crucial to avoid a deadly auto collision. However, some California bike riders have a problem making a left or a right turn, which can be caused by anxiety or a lack of confidence on the part of the motorcyclist. According to Motorcyclist magazine, this condition is known as unidirectional phobia.

This condition is not necessarily evidence that you have a physical problem. If you have trouble making a left or a right turn on your bike, there are a variety of reasons why this is the case. New motorcyclists may not have a lot of experience riding and as a result can feel anxious about making particular turns. Some riders come back to riding after a period of time and are just out of practice.

Motorcycle crash victims may also suffer from unidirectional phobia. Even though the rider has successfully recovered physically from the accident and can ride a motorcycle again, some psychological scarring may remain. That scarring can manifest, for example, if a motorcyclist had been struck from the left and tries to make a left turn but is gripped with anxiety while doing so.

There are also riders who do not understand how to “go with the flow” while riding a motorcycle. Human beings like to remain upright, but motorcycles produce a greater lean than many other vehicles while they make turns. A rider may try to compensate for this by pushing the motorcycle down and away, but this actually increases the needed lean angle to produce a turn and can boost the chances of getting into an automobile crash. Instead, a motorcyclist should follow the motion of the bike so that the turn can be completed as safely as possible.

There are a variety of ways to deal with unidirectional phobia, such as seeking the help of a riding coach and practicing riding in a parking lot. Ultimately, it is in your best interests to gain better control of your bike to prevent a catastrophic injury on the road. And if your phobia is the result of a recent injury, you may be entitled to compensation.

This article is written to educate readers on the topic of motor vehicle accidents and is not to be taken as legal advice.

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