The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has issued a warning over an increase in fatal motorcycle accidents in Mesa County. Since the start of 2015, 11 riders have lost their lives in Mesa County. Fatal motorcycle accidents have increased by 18 percent statewide. Law enforcement and transportation officials are hoping to bring this number down. CDOT has created television and radio campaigns to warn drivers to “look twice” for riders.
Many of the Mesa County accidents were caused by motorists failing to spot riders in time to avoid collisions. Take for example a fatal motorcycle accident that took the life of a 60-year-old rider two weeks ago. The driver of a truck turned in front of the rider, causing a collision.
In a motorcycle accident that occurred earlier in May, a woman was killed when a motorist turned in front of her while entering an intersection.
How Can Motorists Avoid Causing Motorcycle Accidents?
- It is crucial for motorists to check blind spots for riders when turning or changing lanes. As much smaller vehicles, motorcycles can be harder to spot. Motorists should always look twice when driving through intersections, as they are the location most frequently associated with motorcycle accidents.
- Riders do not always use their brakes when slowing down and may reduce speed by downshifting. Motorists following close behind may not notice due to a lack of brake lights. It is very important for motorists to give riders more space to avoid collisions.
- Pay attention to what riders are doing. Never attempt to pass riders while their turn signals are on.
Motorcycle safety is a two way street. Both motorists and riders can follow our motorcycle safety blog for future updates on safety tips that can help prevent accidents.
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