Crashes involving motorcycles often result in major injuries, and sometimes death, for the motorcyclist. Motorcycles do not have the same protective features that other vehicles do, so riders are more at risk.
Because of their size, motorcycles are hard to see, which increases the chances of accidents. Other motorists can take steps to prevent crashes.
Information about motorcyclist driving behaviors
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists ride in specific ways that may seem reckless, but are actually meant to keep them safe. One example is when they weave in and out of lanes. Doing this keeps them out of motorists’ blind spots and makes them more visible.
When a vehicle slows down or stops, the driver uses the brakes, and the brake lights warn others of the deceleration. However, motorcyclists often downshift instead of using the brakes, so the lights do not appear. They also decelerate faster than other vehicles.
What motorists can do to prevent accidents
To deal with the lack of brake light usage, motorists should keep more distance in between them and motorcycles. Lack of visibility is a factor in 41% of crashes, and things motorists can do to be able to see motorcycles better include:
- Reduce blind spots by readjusting side-view and rear mirrors
- Take extra caution when there are bends in the road
- Improve focus while driving
- Drive a similar speed limit as surrounding drivers
Around 42% of fatal accidents occur at intersections. Motorists should be more aware before proceeding and take more time to make decisions.
The National Transportation Safety Board discusses that vehicle technologies also play a role in detecting motorcycles and preventing crashes.