According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most harmful event for 57 percent of the 5,326 motorcycles involved in fatal crashes in 2017 were collisions with motor vehicles in transport.
While the number of motorcyclists who died in accidents decreased 5 percent from the year 2017 to 2018, it’s evident that there’s still more that can be done to make America’s streets safer for motorcycle riders.
If you drive a vehicle, today is a great time to start showing more awareness of motorcyclists.
You don’t have to completely change your driving style in order to share the road with motorcyclists. Consideration and a watchful eye will go a long way in keeping motorcyclists safe.
Experts recommend that motorists check their blind spots (and not just their mirrors) before moving into a new lane. Drivers can also observe a four-second cushion between them and the motorcycle ahead of them. When it’s rainy outside, be extra cautious if you’re following a motorcyclist and give them plenty of space. At intersections, stop and look before proceeding — and make sure you have your turn signal on if you’re changing direction.
What other recommendations do you have for drivers?