The most vulnerable drivers on the road are motorcyclists. They are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than car and truck drivers. However, nothing compares to the freedom of riding. You can safely enjoy that freedom as long as you are educated in, and utilize, safe riding practices. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and we think everyone (riders and non-riders alike) could use a quick refresher on safe riding practices and how to share the road with motorcycles.
Step one is acknowledging that every rider is someone’s brother, son, mother, wife, or friend. There is an unfair bias toward motorcycle riders, and this bias creates an additional layer of risk. The belief that motorcyclists are risk-taking, road hogs with zero regard for their safety, and the safety of others, perpetuates a sense of separateness between riders and other motorists. This “mental divide” contributes to accidents, preventing other motorists from considering riders when they change lanes, make turns, or look in their rearview mirrors. We are subconsciously trained to look for other cars and trucks, but we don’t always think about the motorcycle that could be just out of view. Overcoming this lack of awareness is crucial to the safety of all motorists.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Cars making left-hand turns: This situation accounts for almost half of all motorcycle accidents
- Lane-splitting: This occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of cars
- Dangerous road conditions: Road hazards include potholes, slick pavement, uneven lanes
- Speed: Excessive speed is present in about half of all motorcycle accidents
- Alcohol use: DUI / DWI is always dangerous, but even more so without the protection of an enclosed car
Distracted Driving Kills
Learning to share the road with all motorists has an immensely positive impact on everyone’s safety. Distracted driving by car and truck drivers is another major risk factor for motor vehicle accidents every year. These accidents are much more likely to result in death when a motorcycle is involved. The small size and openness of a motorcycle make riders inherently more prone to serious injury or death. When car and truck drivers are texting, changing radio stations, eating, or putting on make-up, their ability to see other motorists is impaired. This is especially true when the other motorist is a small, less-visible motorcycle.
Van Sant Law LLC – Personal Injury Trial Lawyers
At Van Sant Law LLC, we believe that awareness is essential to preventing motorcycle injuries and death. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in all kinds of motor vehicle injury cases. We know the emotional, physical, and financial toll they can take. Contact our team for a free consultation.