What Motorcyclists Should Know About Intersection Safety
While any type of driving is inherently risky, operating a motorcycle poses a much greater risk than driving a car. According to the NHTSA, in 2016, there were 5,286 motorcyclists killed – a 5.1 percent increase from the number of fatalities the previous year.
In fact, per vehicle miles traveled in 2016, motorcyclist fatalities occurred nearly 28 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities. As for the location of these motorcycle traffic fatalities, most occurrences took place during the day (59 percent), and 34 percent occurred at intersections. Additionally, according to the most recent data available, the NHTSA found that most of these accidents occurred at intersections off of highways.
Many times the fault of these accidents lies with the drivers of passenger vehicles. Drivers often fail to see and yield to motorcyclists that have the right-of-way. This is why intersection safety is crucial for motorcyclists to know.
According to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute, 42 percent of fatal motorcycle intersection crashes involving two vehicles occurred when a vehicle turned left in front of a motorcycle.
While it is always important that all drivers remain alert, motorcyclists need to pay special attention and exercise extra caution at intersections. It is also important to look both ways two times before driving through an intersection and to wait a few seconds after their light turns green to ensure no one is rushing a red light. Additional safety tips for motorcyclists include the following:
- Drive defensively, assuming that you will not be seen by other vehicles
- Pay close attention to side streets
- Slow down when something is obscuring your vision
- Avoid riding between vehicles
- Avoid other drivers’ blind spots
- Allow passenger vehicles to pull up first to an intersection as they are more likely to be seen
- Wear bright colors to increase visibility
Consult with a Qualified Motorcycle Accident Attorney
At Gauthier Amedee, our team of experienced attorneys understands the importance of safe driving and will fight hard to protect your rights.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, the attorneys at Gauthier Amedee can help. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 225-647-1700.
Don’t Delay – Call Gauthier Amedee.January 3rd, 2020