According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities decreased nearly 5 percent in 2018. While it is heartening to see the number of motorcyclists seriously injured in traffic accidents declining, motorcycle riders are still over represented in traffic fatalities which should remind everyone on the road to take precautions as the 2020 motorcycle season gets underway.
Because many motorists report they simply “did not see a motorcycle” prior to a collision, it is very important for riders to not only wear protective equipment including a helmet but also to wear bright colors to be more easily seen. Motorcyclists should exercise care around intersections where cars and trucks may turn in their path – left hand turn collisions are among the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that often result in injuries and fatalities.
Motorists also play a role in preventing motorcycle accidents. It is important that drivers understand the safety challenges faced by motorcyclists including size, visibility and vulnerability in collisions, taking extra precautions to avoid a collision with motorcyclists by looking for riders and being sure to use turn signals.
Drivers of cars, trucks and motorcycles, alike, should avoid impaired and distracted driving and keep speeds to a minimum so there is plenty of time to react when trying to avoid an accident.
With the improving weather in Iowa and Illinois the 2020 motorcycle season is now underway, and more motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists will share the road with motor vehicles so it is important to operate safely. If you or a family member is injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Quad Cities personal injury lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for immediate assistance today at 563-355-6478.