Accidents with motorcycles can happen for an abundance of reasons. However, one of the most common and most avoidable is the fact that some people simply do not know how to share the road with motorcyclists, or they refuse to comply.
What can you do in the case of someone not understanding how they should be sharing the road in a way that makes it safe for all drivers? Simply put, it is best to educate those people so that they do not make any potentially lethal mistakes. The Traffic Safety Marketing Administration has stated that motorcyclists face more danger than those driving covered vehicles for a number of reasons. These reasons can include the motorcycle’s small size, as well as the fact that the driver is not covered. Being left uncovered makes any accident much more harmful to the rider.
As for the motorcycle’s size, that makes it harder to see. This explains why many accidents involving cars and motorcycles happen when a car makes a left hand turn in front of a motorcycle. They are small and easier to miss when looking around. Because of this, it benefits all drivers on the road to pay close attention to the small areas where motorcyclists might be driving in. This can be done by waiting to check both ways thoroughly before turning, by checking for motorcyclists riding between lanes, and giving motorcyclists plenty of room.
While these tips may not prevent every motorcycle accident, they will likely spread awareness that can help to lower the number of accidents.