Last year was a record breaking year for motorcyclist fatalities on Colorado roads. Unfortunately, that trend seems to be worsening despite official’s best efforts. Now some are wondering if drivers are taking as active a role in motorcycle safety as they should.
Could Drivers Help Stop Colorado Motorcycle Crashes?
For 2017, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) were allocated extra funds to fight motorcycle accidents. The agencies have used those funds to enlarge safety campaigns, and to encourage motorcyclists to take MOST training classes to sharpen their skills. Yet, motorcycle fatalities seem to be on pace to overshadow 2016’s record 125 deaths.
In Colorado Springs, a 68-year-old motorcyclist was killed when a car hit him on Fountain Mesa Road. A 29-year-old decorated Army captain died when a truck took a left-hand turn in front of his bike. Here in Fort Collins, a 47-year-old rider was sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a Mercedes sedan took a U-turn directly in front of him. Luckily, the man from Fort Collins survived, but his crash along with others highlights the increased dangers motorcyclists are seeing when it comes to car drivers.
In one report on Fox21, the co-owner of Frontier Custom Cycles told reporter Sarah Ferguson he couldn’t believe the road rage motorcyclists are facing. In a recent post on the Metier Law Firm’s motorcycle accident Facebook page, many commenters expressed their concern over lanesplitting because they feared the reaction of the drivers on Colorado’s roads.
Does this mean CDOT and CSP should concentrate more on educating drivers about the dangers they pose to motorcyclists? Could there be other factors, like distracted driving or road rage, that need to be addressed on our highways? One thing is becoming clear, if we are going to improve motorcycle safety in Colorado, we may need some new strategies.