The summer is in full swing, and unfortunately, we are seeing far too many motorcycle accidents resulting in serious injury and fatalities. Just a few years ago, in 2013, there were more than 8.4 million motorcycles on the road, and 88,000 of riders were seriously injured. The likelihood of these motorcyclists to die in a crash was 26 times that of car passengers and drivers.
A small machine on two wheels traveling at speeds between 30 and 100+ miles per hour is not a recipe for safety. Add in much larger metal machines traveling at those same speeds — and the danger is evident.
It’s up to all of us, every driver on the road, to watch out for these motorcyclists to help limit the number of fatal crashes.
There are a few things that we should all do to keep our roads safe and our drivers and motorcyclists alive.
Don’t Break the Law
Too many of these accidents are caused by drivers not following the rules of the road. These laws are not suggestions. They are specifically put in place to prevent injurious and fatal injuries from happening. Yet some people still believe they are above the law and break these rules when they want to.
It might not seem like it at the time — especially to young drivers — but driving even a few miles over the speed limit puts everyone on the roadways at risk. If you’re traveling faster, it’s going to take you longer to react and stop your vehicle. Slamming on the breaks moments before you hit a motorcycle could be avoided if people followed the rules of the road. Stay a safe distance behind other vehicles. Don’t speed. Don’t run stop signs and stop lights. Don’t drive recklessly. Don’t pass on the right.
One of the easiest ways to avoid many of these accidents is to simply pay attention. It’s something that should be done 100% of the time anyways, but rarely is because some drivers just can’t wait to check their phone or look at the scenery. When you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle, your number one job is to be aware of your surroundings. Motorcycles are small and fast, and can seemingly come out of nowhere. Be on alert and pay attention.
Motorcyclists, Slow Down
Not all these accidents are caused by speeding, but at least a number of them could be avoided if the motorcyclists themselves obeyed the speed limit. At high speeds, one small move, one flick of the wheel, or one hazard appearing in the road could result in a fatal accident. The rules of the road are there for you to abide by as well. Slow down.
It’s important to know when to call a law firm and talk to experienced motorcycle injury lawyers and auto accident lawyers. Being involved in a crash like this can be extremely stressful and one of the most overwhelming experiences of a person’s life. Professional motorcycle injury lawyers can provide you and your family with the legal counsel you need and will help you move past this difficult time.
If you need to speak with motorcycle injury lawyers, contact Porter Law Firm today.