According to the Kentucky State Police Department, even though motorcycles represented only 2% of all vehicles registered in 2019, they accounted for 7% of the vehicles involved in fatal collisions.
That is a staggering statistic, and as we all know, motorcycle riders are far less protected by their vehicle when operating on the road with other motorists.
This is why we all should take special care to be aware of motorcycles and to proceed with caution when sharing the roadway.
What can you do to take extra care when operating your vehicle near motorcycles?
A common phrase people say after an accident with a motorcycle is: “I didn’t even see them.”
This is why the most important thing you can do is to double-check your blind spots and use a turn signal when switching lanes.
Motorcycles are far smaller and yes, they are harder to see. However, by always using a turn signal when switching lanes, you are notifying everyone what your intentions are. This gives the motorcyclist time to adjust and to prepare for the movement of your vehicle.
Next, check your blind spot and then check it again. You may not see a motorcycle coming up from behind the first time. A motorcycle will be traveling with great speed in an attempt to pass by you. The second look allows you to see someone that was previously not there.
Last, slowly move your vehicle and switch your lane. Another important tip to taking extra care of motorcycles, is to be patient at intersections.
Again, motorcycles are harder to see, and you may be waiting at a stop sign to enter a busy road. Take your time and come to a complete stop. Taking an extra few seconds will allow you time to spot any motorcycles traveling on that road that may be hard to see because of glare from the sun or because it gets lost in your vision due to the backdrop.
By following these simple tips, you can help save lives. Even if you follow all the rules, accidents still do happen. That is why you should always legally protect yourself in any type of motor vehicle accident.