Summer Motorcycle Safety: The Importance of Being Seen
Summer is in full-swing, which means it is also high-time for motorcycles on the roads. Motorists can expect to see more motorcyclists during the warm summer months.
This also means there is an increasing need for special focus on safety precautions while on the roads. Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles and provide almost no protection for drivers and passengers. Their small size also makes it difficult for motorists to see them.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, the motorcycle accident lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C.™can help you get the justice you deserve.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in 2012 – a seven percent increase over the previous year. That number accounts for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities, despite the fact that motorcycles only made up three percent of all registered vehicles in the country.
These sobering statistics reveal the true dangers of riding a motorcycle and highlight the importance of motorcycle safety and awareness.
One of the most important things motorcyclists can do to protect themselves on the open road is to make themselves visible to other motorists, whether by wearing bright clothing or making conscious movements when changing lanes.
Experts advise motorcyclists to always wear protective gear, including a properly fitting helmet that makes you visible to other motorists through the use of bright colors and/or reflective materials.
When changing lanes, motorcyclists should use extra caution to make sure they are seen. Double check your mirrors on both sides before making any moves and always use indicators to let other motorists know you are changing lanes. It is also part of your responsibility to do what you can to stay out of other vehicle’s blind spots.
By practicing some of these safety tips, motorcyclists can help make sure that they are visible on the roads, but their safety also requires that other motorists pay close attention and always look twice when driving with motorcycles.
The motorcycle accident lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C.™are experienced in representing those injured in motorcycle accidents and can help you get the compensation that you deserve.