Motorcycles pose a greater risk to everyone on the road, but the ones who typically receive the most serious injuries are motorcyclists. The size of motorcycles and the lack of protection put riders in greater danger.
Although motorcyclists are at fault in some accidents, motorists are the main reasons for crashes. It can be harder to see riders, and their operation is different than it is for other vehicles. There are certain rules that drivers should follow to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Motorcycle crash facts and stats
According to the National Safety Council, motorists do not think of motorcycles very often, which is one of the reasons so many accidents happen. In the past 20 years, motorcyclist deaths have increased two-fold. Although motorcycles only make up 3% of the vehicles on the road, they account for around 14% of traffic deaths. Most of the riders involved in fatal crashes are male, and alcohol use showed up in 28% of fatal accidents.
Tips for motor vehicle operators
To help reduce the number of accidents involving motorcycles, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation outlines some tips drivers should follow. Motorcycles are narrow and shorter than other vehicles, so drivers should take a better look for them, especially before turning or changing lanes. Its size also makes it challenging to know how fast or close a motorcycle is. Drivers should assume it is closer than it looks to be on the safe side.
Drivers should leave more room between them and a motorcycle in front of them because slowing down does not usually activate the brake light. Also allow for more distance when the pavement is slippery, as it takes more time for them to stop.