Warmer weather, restrictions easing up – you are going to see more motorcycle riders on the road, but motorcyclists and drivers alike need to remember the rules of the road.
In 2019, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists died in accidents, according to the NHTSA. Even though that number is a decrease in deaths, they still are overrepresented in traffic deaths. Many factors contribute to motorcycle deaths, and many factors make riding a motorcycle more challenging and dangerous than being in a car.
Riding a motorcycle requires a different license and skill set than driving a car. If you have never driven or ridden on a motorcycle, it may be hard to understand how vital balance, judgment, and coordination are to riding safely on the road. The challenge of controlling a motorcycle at high speeds, or being cut off by another driver, or even hitting debris in the road could be deadly.
It’s not just up to motorcycle riders to understand the dangers, but also for the rest of us who share the road with them. You will see motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic, and sometimes you won’t see them at all because of the size and visibility of a motorcycle. The majority of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are the results of other drivers not seeing the motorcyclist, according to the NHTSA.
If you are involved in or injured in an accident, we can help you navigate the next steps. Our consultations are free, but the advice is priceless.