According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), around half of all motorcyclist deaths are caused by collisions
between the bike and a passenger vehicle in the United States. Additionally,
when cars crash into motorcycles, motorcyclists are killed 98% of the
time compared to 2% of car passenger deaths.
An NHTSA study discovered that motorcyclist – both operators of the
bike and passengers – are 37 times more like to die in crashes on
the roads and highways. It is imperative to understand that the majority
of the time the accident is caused by the motor vehicle for failing to
yield the right of way to motorcyclists. These statistics demonstrate
how immensely dangerous and fatal it is for a motorcyclist to be involved
in an accident.
To help deter fatal motorcycle collisions, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation
recommends car drivers to be aware of motorcycles’ multiple characteristics.
By understanding how a motorcycle operates and how bikers see the road
can help prevent these devastating accidents.
Common motorcycle characteristics to be aware of include the following:
- A motorcycle has a smaller profile, which can be difficult to see in a
rear-view mirror. Please check carefully prior to switching lanes.
- Motorcycles are harder to stop on wet surfaces. On a day with inclement
weather, provide the motorcyclist with an ample amount of room or follow
the bike too closely.
- A motorcyclist may ride to one side of a lane or change from one side to
the other due to the road conditions. Auto drivers should not attempt
to share the same side-by-side with a motorcycle that is off to one side.
- While a motorcycle may look far away, it may actually be closer due to
its small size.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident with another motor vehicle Texas,
contact The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC and schedule your
free consultation today with our
San Antonio injury lawyer today.