Six ways motorists and motorcyclists can share the road safely

Both motorcyclists and motorists in Western Tennessee must operate their vehicles with due care. The failure to do so can lead to a motorcycle accident resulting in injuries or even fatalities. The following are some safety tips that can help motorcyclists and motorists share the road safely.

Three ways motorcyclists can stay safe

Motorcyclists can take many steps to decrease the chance of being involved in a crash. The following are three ways motorcyclists can keep themselves safe.

  • Wear a helmet and safety gear: helmet use is estimated to be approximately 37% effective in preventing a fatal motorcycle crash. Motorcyclists should also wear durable reflective clothing and boots.
  • Make sure your motorcycle is a good fit: motorcycles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some safer than others. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that “supersport bikes” are more dangerous than cruisers or standard motorcycles.
  • Obey the rules of the road: just like motorists, motorcyclists should avoid drunk driving, speeding, weaving in and out of lanes and other behaviors that violate traffic laws and make their actions less predictable to those sharing the road.

Unfortunately, a motorcyclist can practice all these safety measures and more and still be hit by a car. For that reason, it is important that motorists drive responsibly.

Three ways motorists can avoid causing a motorcycle accident

Motorists have a duty to drive responsibly when sharing the road with motorcyclists. The following are three ways motorists can avoid causing a motorcycle accident.

  • Practice motorcycle awareness: motorcycles can be small and difficult to see especially if your view is obstructed. Motorists must check their blind spots to avoid moving into a motorcyclist’s path.
  • Avoid distracted driving: distracted driving should always be avoided. This includes ensuring you are not visually distracted, manually distracted or cognitively distracted. Distracted driving is at the root of many motorcycle accidents.
  • Yield to the motorcyclist’s right of way: motorists must follow the rules of the road, and this includes yielding to a motorcyclist’s right of way. For example, care should be taken at intersections, at yield signs and when merging into the path of a motorcyclist.

The unfortunate fact is that many motorists do not drive with due care and will strike a motorcyclist, causing serious injuries

Learn more about motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle accidents are especially dangerous for the motorcyclist, who is simply no match for a car weighing thousands of pounds. Motorcyclists who were injured in a crash caused by a motorist will want to explore all legal options for compensation.