Motorists Urged to ‘Share The Road’ with Motorcyclists
It’s no surprise that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to serious injuries when involved in a crash than other drivers, which is why motorcycle safety is an increasing concern.
The latest vehicle mile travel data show motorcyclists are about 27 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 6 times as likely to be injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In an effort to shine a spotlight on the importance of sharing the road with riders, May has been dubbed Motorcycle Awareness Month.
NHTSA says it’s especially important for motorists to understand the safety challenges faced by motorcyclists such as size and visibility, and motorcycle riding practices like downshifting and weaving to know just how to anticipate and respond to them on the road.
Tips For Sharing The Road With Motorcyclists
- Passenger vehicles should allow for a greater following distance behind a motorcycle.
- Drivers should pay close attention to motorcycles at an intersection. Failure to yield the right-of-way to a motorcyclist is the most frequent driver error in collisions involving a motorcycle and another vehicle.
- Drivers should never try to share a lane with a motorcyclist.
- Motorcyclists should avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
- Motorcyclists should avoid positioning themselves in a driver’s blind spot.
- Motorcyclists should use a turn signal for every lane change and turn.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help You
Our firm is committed to reducing motorcycle injuries and promoting motorcycle safety through education and awareness, however accident still happen and riders continue to be injured daily. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, we can help!
Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will help guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim.
- Written by Jill Fowler