Posted By The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, P.C. Posted in: Motorcycle Accident.
Crash-related motorcyclist injuries and fatalities decreased during 2009. But despite this great news, 4,462 motorcyclists were killed and an additional 90,000 motorcyclists were injured during 2009.
Summer means motorcycle season, but improved driving habits can further decrease these numbers. Drivers must “share the road” with motorcyclists and be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists must ensure they are visible to drivers, especially in larger vehicles and SUV’s, and always follow the rules of the road. Motorcycles are some of the smallest vehicles on the road and are easily hidden in a driver’s blind spot. Drivers should always check for motorcyclists before changing lanes, merging with traffic, and at intersections. Bicyclists and pedestrians should get into the habit of scanning for motorcycles who might be hidden by other, larger vehicles.
A motorcyclist is much more vulnerable than a passenger vehicle occupant in the event of a crash. Research from DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates motorcyclists are nearly 40 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in traffic crashes.
2009 should not be the only year when motorcycle injuries and fatalities dropped. Do your part to make motorcycles safer by safely “sharing the road.”