We notice motorcycles regularly weaving in and out of traffic. But, do we always see them? Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, many motorists often don’t see motorcycles. Most people have never ridden a motorcycle and are unfamiliar with controlling and maneuvering a bike. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has published a list titled, “Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles.” The list helps explain how motorcyclists operate their bike. The list can be found here: http://www.forcardrivers.com/quicktips.html
The list explains some of the less commonly known details involved with riding a motorcycle. For example, some motorcyclists reduce their speed by down shifting, or easing up on the throttle. While this is an effective way to slow the bike, it poses a potential danger to the rider since down shifting does not activate the bike’s brake light. Consequently, motorists are not given any signal the rider is slowing down. If motorists aren’t paying close attention when a motorcycle slows by downshifting alone, motorists could easily crash into the rear of the bike.
It’s easy to misjudge the speed and distance of a motorcycle due to its smaller size. This is another common factor that leads to many accidents. As the list points out, over half of all motorcycle fatalities involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the driver of the other vehicle is at fault. It’s important to pay extra close attention whenever you see a motorcycle. Paying extra attention will save lives.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation wants drivers of cars, trucks, and other large vehicles to become more aware of motorcycles, give motorcycle riders ample space to operate safely, and to prevent unnecessary accidents. This is great advice that will help keep everyone safe on Missouri roads and highways.
If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle crash, it’s important to consult with an experienced accident attorney. The injury lawyers at St. Louis based Page Law have been successfully representing Missouri and Illinois motorcycle accident victims for more than a decade. Call Page Law today at 1-800-CAR-CRASH (1-800-227-2727) for a free consultation.