The Morrissey Law Firm, P.C., helps many clients injured in car wrecks. So, we understand the importance of promoting safe driving practices to prevent future accidents. One area that often receives less attention is motorcycle safety. And specifically, how car drivers can help to keep motorcyclists safe on the road. We have come up with a list of 5 motorcycle safety tips for car drivers that all drivers on the road should keep in mind.
The Statistics on Motorcycle Crashes
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than car occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash.
- NHTSA reports that in 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, accounting for 14% of all traffic fatalities that year.
- The University of South Florida found that nearly 60% of motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle. The majority of those accidents are caused by drivers failing to see the motorcycle.
- According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, over half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, you know the devastating impact it can have. That’s why we want to help prevent others from experiencing the same.
The Safety Tips for Car Drivers
- Be aware of your blind spots: Motorcycles are smaller and can be harder to see than other vehicles, especially in a driver’s blind spots. Be sure to check your mirrors and look over your shoulder before changing lanes or turning to ensure there are no motorcycles in your path.
- Give motorcycles extra space: Motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars. Be sure to give them extra space to avoid any potential collisions. Additionally, motorcycles may need to swerve to avoid obstacles in the road. Giving them extra space can give them more room to maneuver.
- Use your turn signals: Using your turn signals is essential for all vehicles. But it’s especially important for car drivers when it comes to motorcycles. Use your signals well in advance of your turn or lane change to give motorcyclists time to react and adjust their position on the road.
- Look out for motorcycles at intersections: Many motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, where cars may not see motorcycles approaching. Be sure to look both ways and check for motorcycles before proceeding through an intersection, and give them the right of way if they are already there.
- Avoid distractions: Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents, and it’s even more dangerous when it comes to motorcycles. Avoid using your phone, eating, or doing anything else that takes your attention away from the road and other vehicles.
We hope these motorcycle safety tips for car drivers help prevent accidents and keep everyone safe on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us today. Our experienced team is here to support you and fight for the compensation you deserve.