Safety Tips to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Crashes
With warmer weather here, and the price of gas at record highs, more motorcycles than ever are out on the road. Motorcycles are legal vehicles and motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other driver on the roadway.
Drivers of passenger vehicles should always remember to be alert and to be aware of the following facts to help keep motorcyclists safe.
- Motorcycles are small and may be difficult for drivers of other vehicles to see.
- Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than cars and trucks which makes it difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.
- After a crash, many drivers of other vehicles involved often say they never saw the motorcyclist and were unable to respond in time.
- In the event of a crash, a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable and in much greater danger physically than car or truck drivers.
- Per vehicle mile traveled, NHTSA estimates that in 2006, motorcyclists were about 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash.
Motorcyclist Deaths are Rising
- In 2006, motorcycle rider fatalities increased for the ninth straight year.
- During 2006, 4,810 motorcyclists lost their lives in fatal highway crashes.
- Motorcycle riders were involved in more than one out of nine of all U.S. road fatalities during 2006.
- Fifty-five percent of all fatalities in motorcycle crashes in 2006 involved another vehicle in addition to the motorcycle in the crash.
- In 2006, 93 percent of all two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle in which the motorcycle driver died occurred on non-interstate roadways.
- In 2006, 51 percent of all two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle in which the motorcycle operator died were intersection crashes.
- In two-vehicle motorcycle crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle, in 40 percent of the crashes the other vehicle was turning left when the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.
Have you been in a motorcycle accident?
If you or any member of your family has been in a motorcycle accident, then please contact us right away. Our Colorado motorcycle accident lawyers can help.
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