Motorcycle safety is not just the responsibility of the motorcyclist. There are also important steps that motor vehicle drivers can take to avoid accidents with motorcycles.
Motorcyclists make up such a small percentage (3%) of vehicles on the road, but motorcycle accidents claim 13% of motor vehicle fatality rates. Because there is such a small motorcycle to automobile ratio on the road, drivers are not accustomed to driving with an awareness of motorcycles. According to the National Safety Council, "When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist's right of way...There is a continuing need to help other motorists 'think' motorcycles and to educate motorcyclists to be aware of this problem."
Most drivers aren't even aware of the rules surrounding a motorcyclist's right of way and often violate the right of way rules because motorcycles are smaller and harder to see, they often travel in a driver's blind spot and drivers can't always anticipate the movements of the motorcyclist.
Most motorcycle accidents involving cars happen in intersections where cars fail to yield the right of way to the motorcycle. Inclement weather can also be hazardous to motorcyclists and can cause a fall right in front of a vehicle. It is important to always leave a safe following distance between vehicles and motorcycles. AARP has put together some suggestions to help you share the road safely with motorcycles.
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