August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Motorcycles have always been popular with certain cultural lifestyles but in recent years they have become an attraction for older couples and professionals. This means that there are more motorcycles on the roads around Cleveland and an increasing number of motorcycle accidents
occurring between these two-wheeled vehicles and passenger cars. However, there are things that both groups can do to make it safer for everyone.
Motorists responsible for crashes
A recently released study in Florida indicates that part of the problem is that motorists often fail to notice motorcycles, according to the Sun Sentinel. In the majority of crashes between cars and motorcycles, it was discovered that 60 percent of drivers were found to be at fault. The study used 10 years' worth of crash data and points out what many motorcyclists already know; motorists aren't looking out for them.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety reports that in 2011 there were 2,290 injuries that occurred in motorcycle crashes. The total number of motorcycle accidents was 3,889 and it is unknown how many of those accidents involved motorcycles and cars. However, based on the Florida report, it could be argued that motorists cause a large number of the accidents that do occur.
Increasing awareness of motorcyclists
While safety courses are held throughout the state of Ohio that are designed to help motorcycle riders stay safe, there are many things that motorists can do as well to increase their awareness of motorcycles and avoid a collision. These tips include:
Checking in blind spots before changing lanes - a motorcycle's smaller size makes it disappear in a driver's blind spot.
Motorcycles need to adjust speed with wet and rough road conditions - unlike a car, which has four wheels to maintain stability, a motorcycle can easily lose traction on road surfaces that are slippery or covered in material that interferes with a tire's grip.
A motorcycle's speed and distance is hard to estimate - the smaller size of a bike can make it appear to be traveling at a slower speed than it is.
Do not count on brake lights as a warning - a motorcycle's speed is controlled through hand controls on the handle and therefore, the bike has the ability to slow down without the rider having to hit the brake.
Riders need to change position in a lane for visibility - Because a bike sits lower, a rider often needs to move from one side to another to see what is going on ahead. As a result, motorists should never move into the biker's lane or space.
Intersections are often the scene of a vehicle/motorcycle accident so motorists should always exercise extra caution before going through one or making a turn. If motorists commit to increasing their awareness of motorcycles, it is likely that the number of crashes will decrease. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should meet with an experienced attorney for legal counsel.