In 2015, nearly 5,000 people died in
motorcycle accidents in the United States, which is an increase of 8.3 percent from 4,594 the
previous year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,
motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than motorists and their passengers
to die in a collision per vehicle mile traveled, and almost five times
more likely to be injured.
Due to the fatal consequences of motorcycle accidents, both motorcyclists
and drivers of motor vehicles must learn how to be proactive in preventing
these types of collisions.
What Can Motorists Do?
Safety tips for motor vehicle drivers include the following:
Check your blind spots constantly. Since motorcycles are smaller in size compared to cars, it is easier for
them to enter your blind spots without you noticing. Always be aware of
approaching motorcycles, especially in a traffic jam.
Look before making a turn. Almost half of all motorcycle accidents involving other motor vehicles
were caused by a car trying to make a left turn while a motorcyclist goes
straight. Always attempt to make eye contact with motorcyclists before
turning in their direction.
Follow the four-second rule. If you are behind a motorcycle, maintain a four-second cushion, which
gives you enough time to react to unexpected situations.
Be nice. Always be courteous and aware of the possible dangers associated with
riding a motorcycle.
What Can Motorcyclist Do?
Here are safety tips for motorcyclists to avoid accidents:
Wear a helmet. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
37 motorcyclists would have survived crashes if they had been wearing
a helmet for every 100 motorcyclists killed. Make sure your helmet is
up to Department of Transportation standards and have one available for
Be visible. Many motorcycle accidents occur because a motorist did not see the motorcyclist
at all. Not only does it mean wearing bright or reflective clothing, but
also making your presence known to other drivers.
Practice good riding techniques. Motorcyclists need to develop riding skills, understanding how to maneuver
in different road conditions and situations. This includes handling trouble
spots, braking without locking, and approaching curves.
If you suffered an injury in a New York motorcycle accident,
contact our New York City personal injury attorney at
Belushin Law Firm, P.C. and request a
free consultation today.