How Drivers Can Avoid Motorcycle AccidentsOctober 10, 2018 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports in Anatomy of a Motorcycle Crash that more than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death of the motorcyclist. Since a motorcycle does not provide protection for the rider, ejection causes the most common injuries to motorcyclists. Other vehicles have more weight and bulk than motorcycles. They have door beams, a roof, airbags, and seat belts. The stability is also better since other vehicles have four wheels, as opposed to two-wheeled or three-wheeled motorcycles.
In 2016, 4,976 motorcycle riders and passengers died in crashes and non-fatal injuries totaled 88,000. According to the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts 2017,
- Motorcycles make up 3 percent of all registered vehicles and only 0.7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled in the U.S.
- Motorcyclists accounted for 13 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016.
- 91 percent of riders who died in a motorcycle crash in 2016 were male.
When looking at the statistics, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) said that 36 percent of all motorcycle fatalities in 2016 were riders who were 50 and older. IIHS calls these riders “re-entry riders.” Re-entry riders are those who rode in their 20s and then decided to take it up again in their late 40s to 60s. These riders are faced with additional challenges. Now there is more traffic; motorcycles are more powerful, and there are more distractions for vehicle drivers.
“Florida is a Mecca for motorcyclists of all ages with its beautiful weather and scenic routes. We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. would like to take this time to remind other vehicle drivers to always be aware of the potential for sharing our roads with motorcyclists. Motorcyclists have the same rights as other vehicle drivers on the roads and are much more vulnerable,” said Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney.
Driving-tests.org reminds drivers:
- Always check blind-spots.
- Be extra cautious when passing.
- Remember that motorcycles react more quickly than cars.
- Bad weather has more drastic effects on motorcycles than on cars.
- Night riding can be treacherous for motorcyclists.
- Stay in your lane.
- Inform motorcyclists of your intention to turn.
- Intersections are danger zones for motorcycles.
- Watch for turning motorcycles.
- Take a second look at left-turns.
“Should you or a loved one be injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact our experienced team for legal advice. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Attorney Spivey.
Ft. Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and Collier County 239.793.7748.