Share the Road with Motorcycles

Motorcycle safety needs to be a top priority for everybody on the road. Drivers and riders alike need to share in the responsibility of keeping roadways safe. In spite of motorcycles making up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles on the roadways, motorcyclists account for 14 percent of all traffic-related fatalities. Riders don’t have airbags, seat belts or other modern automobile safety features. Conscientious drivers can help to keep motorcyclists alive by learning how to safely share the road.

Motorcycle Safety Facts

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. This number represents at 2-percent increase from 2010, when 4,518 motorcyclists died in traffic-related crashes. Additionally, 81,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2011. Per vehicle mile travelled, motorcyclists are over 30 times more likely to die on roadways than occupants of traditional automobiles.

Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcycles

• Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle.
• Check blind spots and mirrors regularly.
• Always signal before making lane changes.
• Always check blind spots and mirrors before changing lanes, even if you are using a signal.
• Be vigilant when motorcycles are near.
• Give riders plenty of space, because they need extra room to maneuver safely around potential obstacles in the road.

How Can Riders Stay Safe?

Most bikers know just how important it is to remain vigilant while riding. Listed below are five additional ways that riders can increase their safety when sharing the road with other drivers.

1. Always wear a full-face helmet, appropriate footwear, a protective jacket or vest and gloves.
2. Always use turn signals for lane changes, and it even helps to use hand signals.
3. Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing.
4. Try to remain in visible areas of the roadway. Avoid the blind spots of other drivers.
5. Be conspicuous. Drivers need to recognize that they’re sharing the road with a rider.

Sharing the road safely is a mutual responsibility for drivers and riders. Reducing the number of traffic-related motorcyclist deaths each year depends upon the vigilance and care displayed by drivers and riders. If you or somebody you love has been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation.

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