October 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- In Boston, drivers of four-wheeled vehicles may notice that there have been an increasing number of motorcycles appearing on the roads. Part of this increase has been caused by a struggling economy and the realization that motorcycles are a cheaper method of transportation. In addition, many people are attracted to motorcycle groups which often feature motorcycle runs to raise money for causes and a chance to meet other people.
Motorcycle accidents a concern
According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, there was a steady decline in the number of motorcyclists that were victims of motorcycle accidents
during the years of 2006 to 2008. Forty-two motorcyclists were involved in a crash in 2008.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that an increase in motorcycle accidents nationwide has turned the issue into a major health concern. Since the beginning of the new century, motorcycle fatalities has more than doubled and over 4,500 people died in 2010 from crashes.
Motorists partly responsible
A recent study conducted in Florida shows that part of the issue may be with motorists. According to the Sun Sentinel, the study examined 10 years' worth of crash data involving motorcycles and revealed that when it comes to accidents that involve cars and motorcycles, the motorist was responsible 60 percent of the time. In many cases, drivers admit that they did not see the motorcyclist, indicating that further education may be needed to increase drivers' awareness of motorcycles around them.
This may have been the situation recently in Auburn when a driver apparently made a turn in front of a motorcycle according to Telegram & Gazette. The motorcyclist was injured but it is unknown the extent of those injuries
; he was transported to a nearby hospital in an unconscious state.
Increasing motorist awareness
It is important for motorcycle riders to take every precaution they can but there are also things that motorists can do to improve the safety of the road for bikers. These include:
- Keep a four-second distance between the car and the motorcycle
- Check blind spots - motorcycles may be riding in them
- Slow down when approaching intersections - many accidents occur in intersections.
- Eliminate distractions while driving
- Look for tell-tale signs of a motorcycle such as tires on the other side of another vehicle, a helmet showing above another car's roof or bright colors
- Yield the right-of-way to motorcycles
Motorists should also try to alert motorcycles when they are making a turn or changing lanes by using their turn signal and then turning off that turn signal in order to eliminate confusion for the biker.
If you are injured because of a negligent driver, you should meet with an experienced attorney in your area to discuss your rights.
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