November 01, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Study indicates drivers need to increase their awareness of motorcycles
Life is fast-paced for those who live in the Los Angeles area and often people are rushing to and fro as they run errands, hurry to meetings or plan to meet up with friends. However, as motorists are driving through these crowded streets, they may be forgetting to keep an eye out for motorcycles.
A man in Los Angeles is still in a coma after being involved in a motorcycle accident
in July of this year. According to The Altamont Enterprise, the man was injured when a van pulled out in front of him, after his light turned green. Originally, doctors thought the victim was brain dead but he is showing signs of brain activity and faces a long period of recovery when he eventually wakes up. The driver of the van is said to have been unlicensed but the insurance company accepted responsibility for the collision.
Motorcycle fatalities rising
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, deaths related to motorcycle crashes increased in 2011 by 15 percent. The agency reports that 414 people were killed in accidents involving motorcycles. In 2010, the majority of motorcyclists were found at fault in fatal crashes but it is unknown if that trend continued in 2011.
A study in Florida found that one of the biggest reasons collisions
between cars and motorcycles occur is inattentiveness on the part of the motorist, according to the Sun Sentinel. The study, conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation, revealed that motorists were responsible in 60 percent of crashes over a 10-year period. Many drivers admitted that they did not see the motorcycle and were cited for failure to yield the right of way in these collisions. One biker stated that he had lost friends in accidents involving distracted drivers, and he had almost been hit by a woman who was texting while driving.
Motorists and motorcyclists
Many motorists are unaware of the stark differences between a car and a motorcycle. By increasing their awareness, they can help make the roads they travel safe for everyone using them. These tips include the following:
-Motorcycles' smaller size means that they can disappear inside a motorist's blind spots.
-Motorists should always check twice before backing out of a driveway, making a left turn, driving through an intersection or changing lanes.
-Road surfaces can be dangerous for motorcycles and they need to reduce their speed when encountering rough or wet roads.
-Motorcycles need at least a four second distance between themselves and other vehicles.
-Motorcycles need to move from one side of a lane to the other in order to get a full picture of the road conditions.
-Motorcycles have the ability to slow down without hitting the brake pedal.
Motorists should always be keeping an eye out for motorcycles so that they can adjust their speed and avoid pulling out in front of one. Motorcyclists have little protection in a collision and may struggle with loss of income, permanent disability and towering medical bills. Therefore, it is a wise idea to talk to an experienced attorney about seeking appropriate compensation.
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