Every year, about 100 motorcyclists are killed due to fatal accidents. Over half of these crashes involve motor vehicles (not motorcycles), and typically the driver of the car is at fault. For this reason, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began its Live to Ride motorcycle safety program. The initiative, aimed at the drivers of large trucks and passenger vehicles, urges motorists to “look twice” and provides other safety information. Here are some tips for motorists who share the road with motorcycles:
- Always check your blind spots before switching lanes and making turns, especially left-hand turns. This is even more true at night and during heavy traffic. Motorcycles are much more difficult to see than motor vehicles and less expected, so always look twice and double-check your surroundings. Be on the lookout for helmets up top and tires below.
- When following behind a motorcycle, leave a minimum two (2) second following distance between you and the bike. At night or in poor weather conditions, you should increase this distance to three (3) to five (5) seconds, depending on the circumstances.
- Though you should always practice defensive driving techniques and anticipate other drivers' reactions, especially during bad weather and when there are road hazards, this is particularly true when it comes to motorcyclists. Though motorcycles may be known for their maneuverability, heavy rain, oil spills/slicks and road debris can create high risk conditions for motorcyclists.
- In good weather, when traffic is light or whenever otherwise possible, consider not driving in the same lane as a motorcyclist.
- Motorcyclists are six (6) times more likely to die in a car accident than the passenger of a motor vehicle. Always signal your intentions (to turn or switch lanes) by using your indicator lights so that motorcyclists know which lane to travel in and can anticipate the traffic flow.
- And, of course (we had to throw it in), never drive impaired!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, whether you believe you were at fault or not, you need the help of a qualified personal injury attorney to fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve. At the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal, our personal injury lawyers have years of experience representing all types of accident victims and are here to help you. We can investigate the causes of your accident and advise whether a personal injury lawsuit or negotiated settlement is in your best interests.
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