Motorcyclists are often characterized as thrill-seekers and daredevils, but research shows they may be more careful than drivers. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2003, drivers are responsible for 80 percent of all accidents between and cars motorcyclists.
The unfortunate truth is that motorcyclists may cause fewer accidents, but they almost always sustain more damage. Cars have doors, airbags, seatbelts and other safety measures to protect drivers during a crash, but motorcyclists are afforded much less protection.
Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a motorist. Although solo motorcycle accidents are common, more than 55 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents will involve a car.
All of this information leads us to believe that careless mistakes could be an inconvenience for motorists, but deadly for motorcyclists.
A Pueblo man was badly hurt when a car ran a red light at the intersection of West 13th Street and Greenwood Street. Police say charges are pending against the driver, who was unhurt, but the 67-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured and remains hospitalized.
How to Avoid Distracted Drivers
Inattention and distraction can be deadly, so here are some ways for motorcyclists to stay safe around distracted drivers:
- Beware multi-lane roads – More lanes means drivers have to keep up with more traffic, and cars can come from any direction. If you can, stick to two lane highways and side streets.
- Be bright – Bright colored clothing (yellow, red, bright blue and green) can help a driver see you during the day. At night, white or reflective clothing can help draw a driver’s eyes to you before it is too late
Some modern bikes have bright high beams, even for daylight travel. Feel free to use them, but only if you can do so without blinding oncoming traffic. Some drivers may retaliate with their own high beams, but at least they see you!
- Assume he does not see you – If you see a car going to merge or pulling into traffic, it is better to be safe than sorry. Even if you are traveling legally, give the driver enough room to move around you safely, even if he is distracted.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists must be extremely vigilant to combat driver distraction. That may not be fair, but it could save a motorcyclist’s life.
At Metier Law Firm, our attorneys are motorcycle enthusiasts who ride, so we know that riders face numerous dangers every day. We have been supporting the Colorado motorcycle community for more than 20 years, so we know how to help you. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, schedule your free consultation today.
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