Recent studies have shown that as many as 46 percent of all motorcyle accidents happen at intersections. While you might think intersections are less dangerous than a busy highway, the reality is that three Americans die in motorcycle crashes that occur at intersections every single day.
Many departments of transportation are investigating such crashes and determining the need for additional signage at intersections to caution both drivers and cyclists. Some major insurance companies have joined in the effort to help reduce motorcycle fatalities.
If you’re a motorist, always look twice before proceeding through an intersection, and watch for motorcyclists that may be moving faster than other traffic. If you’re a cyclist, follow these basic safety tips:
- Always wear a helmet that fits right. Pick one that has the DOT label, which shows that it meets federal safety standards.
- Know your bike’s limits.
- Stick to the speed limit.
- Don’t tailgate other vehicles.
- Use your signals.
- Be respectful of other drivers. Don’t weave through traffic or drive on the shoulder.
- Make sure other drivers can see you. Don’t ride in blind spots and always use your headlights.
- Brake smart. Use both brakes at the same time, slow and steady.
- At intersections, make eye contact with other drivers before proceeding cautiously through the intersection.
Motorcycle accidents can be serious, and most can be prevented. If you ride a bike, be cautious when on the road. When you’re driving a car or truck, keep an eye out for motorcyclists.
David Van Sant is an Alpharetta Personal Injury Lawyer who works for accident victims. For more information, contact the Law Offices of David Van Sant today.