Warmer weather is here and that means more motorcycles on the roads. While the joy of the ride is certainly obvious, the dangers that come with it aren’t always as clear. Did you know that more than half of motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. involve an accident with a motor vehicle? Motorcyclists are at risk of being hit or unseen every time they drive on a highway or busy road. In honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, we’d like to share a few safety tips for both motorcyclists and other drivers in order to keep our roads safe and hopefully save lives.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than other motorists. Motorcycle riders lack the safety features and protection other vehicles offer, making it even more dangerous and tragic when an accident happens. Because of this, all drivers and motorcyclists have an obligation to be especially alert and careful while sharing the road. No matter what type of motor vehicle you are operating, follow the safety tips we have listed below to ensure your own safety and that of other drivers around you.
- Always check blind spots and mirrors twice before changing lanes.
- Always use your signal before changing lanes.
- Slow down if driving behind a motorcycle.
- Keep plenty of distance between you and motorcyclists.
- Be aware of motorcyclists splitting lanes (this is legal).
- Give motorcyclists enough room to pass.
- Be careful taking left turns – always double check for nearby motorcyclists at intersections.
- Don’t drink and drive!
- Always wear a helmet.
- Always double check everything is okay with your motorcycle before you ride.
- Be comfortable on your motorcycle before taking any long or busy rides.
- Wear bright colors and safety gear, especially at night.
- Obey the rules of the road.
- Keep your distance from other vehicles.
- Always use your turn signals.
- Keep the bike’s lights on, even during the day.
- Avoid lane splitting near larger vehicles with larger blind spots.
- Be aware of the weather, double check conditions before you leave.
- Don’t drink and drive.
Motorcycle Accident Help
While you can control your own driving behavior, you cannot guarantee safe driving by others on the road. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents happen all too often and will continue to happen until drivers and motorists work harder to become more aware of necessary safety measures while driving. If you or a loved one has been involved in a Texas motorcycle accident, we can help. Contact the experts at Liggett Law Group today for a free case evaluation.