According to the CDC, motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55% since the year 2000. As recently as 2015, the federal government estimated the number of fatalities on motorcycles was roughly 29 times the number in cars.
Many might say that the risk of injury is inherent in the fact motorcycle riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. However, that is not the whole story as many motorcycle accidents can be avoided in the first place if riders and motorists take precautionary measures to reduce their chances of being involved in an accident.
Left Hand Turns – A Dangerous Intersection For Motorcyclists
Following a car and motorcycle accident, we often hear motorists report they “did not see the motorcycle” before the collision. Indeed, one of the most prevalent and deadly accidents involving cars and motorcycles involve a driver making a left hand turn in front of a motorcyclist in an intersection.
Wearing Bright Clothing Can Save Lives
Those riding motorcycles can increase the odds of being seen if they shed the dark clothing in favor of brighter colors. They should be aware of potential risks when crossing intersections or other high incident areas and wear protective gear in the event there is a problem – most notably, a helmet, which is the single most effective means of reducing injuries and fatalities in a motorcycle crash. Do not speed, drive impaired or get sidetracked. Riding a motorcycle requires that ‘you have all your wits about you’ to avoid an accident.
Drivers of trucks, cars or other vehicles have responsibilities also. As the weather improves, motorists must be on the lookout for the presence of more motorcycles (bicycles and pedestrians too!) out on the roads and drive cautiously. This means slowing down, limiting distractions such as cell phones, and not driving impaired. When you are sharing the road with motorcyclists, do not follow too closely and be careful when passing – remember these riders are sometimes young and inexperienced so be patient and give them some room. Be particularly cautious at intersections during warm-weather months by training your eyes to “see motorcycles” just as you would a higher profile vehicle. Not doing so could result in an accident.
Motorcycle Accident Fatalities Are Rising
But We Can Reduce Fatalities If Everyone Does Their Part!
Many debilitating catastrophic injuries and motorcycle accident fatalities can be prevented if everyone does their part, but we still have a long way to go in reducing the number of motorcycle accidents that occur each year. If you or your family member is injured in an Iowa motorcycle accident, it is important to seek experienced help. Contact Iowa motorcycle accident personal injury law offices of Marc A. Humphrey for immediate assistance at (515) 331-3510.