Motorcyclists have to ensure that they are driving safely with each trip. There is no room for error on these two-wheel motor vehicles. Even a slight lapse in judgment can claim the life of a motorcyclist. What many of them don't think about is that the lapse of judgment might come from another driver instead of themselves.
Keeping motorcyclists safe is the duty of every person on the road. There is too much at stake for anyone to drive when they are fatigued, distracted or impaired. Unfortunately, some drivers think that they are an exception to the rules and then refuse to use common sense.
Other drivers are a huge risk
The vast majority, around two-thirds, of accidents that involve another vehicle and a motorcycle are caused by the other driver. Most of the time, that individual violates the motorcyclist's right of way. Everyone must realize that a motorcycle doesn't have fewer rights than other vehicles.
Intersections are one huge risk for people on motorcycles because there are sometimes hazards that prevent drivers from seeing these low-profile vehicles. Because of this, anyone who is at an intersection should be cautions when they start to go through it. Around 70% of accidents involving a motorcycle and another car occur at an intersection.
Risks not caused by other drivers
Sometimes, motorcycles aren't involved in accidents due to another driver. There are many reasons why these might occur. For example, a homeowner blowing grass clippings into the road creates a hazard for motorcyclists because riding on these is like trying to operate the bike on ice. Pot holes, uneven pavement and loose gravel can also be dangerous for these riders. Going too fast and not being familiar with the motorcycle can also lead to crashes. It is up to the motorcyclist to determine what they need to do to address these hazards. Having a good training background and some common sense can go a long way if you find yourself facing an obstacle.
Life and limb are at risk
A person on a motorcycle who is involved in a wreck faces a higher risk of injury or death than someone who is in another type of vehicle. Motorcycle occupants are 26 times more likely to die in a wreck. They are 5 times more likely to suffer an injury in a crash. These odds show a glimpse into why it is imperative for everyone to drive safely.