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How to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2021 | Motorcycle Accidents

Ohio has noted a major safety problem between motorcycle drivers and car drivers. Vehicle drivers tend to forget about motorcycles when they’re driving, making them more likely to not see them. Motorcyclists need to be aware of this issue and take precautions.

Why are motorcycles harder to see?

Many auto accidents are a result of the car or truck driver simply not seeing the motorcycle driver. The reality is that motorcycles are smaller than average passenger vehicles. This makes them more difficult to see, especially from a distance. A good rule of thumb is to think of a motorcycle as being one-third of the width of a traditional passenger vehicle.

Due to the fact that visibility is the major culprit in many of these life-changing accidents, it’s important that both car and motorcycle drivers do their part to enhance visibility. When motorcycle drivers are more visible on the roadway, more car drivers will be able to see them and avoid a collision.

What can everyone do to decrease the number of motorcycle accidents?

To decrease the number of motorcycle accidents that happen, it’s best for both car drivers and motorcycle drivers to work together. Motorcycle drivers should consider wearing bright-colored clothing. They should always have their headlight on regardless of whether it’s day or night. Car drivers need to remind themselves to pay extra attention in the warmer months of the year. When they spot motorcycles, it’s a good idea to give them space and always be mindful of where they are when making any turns or lane changes.

While motorcycles only made up 3% of all the registered vehicles throughout the nation in 2017, they accounted for 12% of the total accidents that happened throughout the country that year. It’s time to help reduce this accident statistic. By creating more awareness of motorcycle drivers on the highway, everyone can work together to decrease the number of motorcycle accidents that happen.