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Increasing motorcycle awareness to reduce motorcycle accidents

With summer in full swing, residents in Pennsylvania likely encounter motorcyclists traveling alone or in large groups on roadways throughout the state. While these small vehicles provide an exhilarating way to travel and enjoy the outdoors, what makes a motorcycle different from other vehicles is also what makes it more prone to serious and even fatal collisions.

Motorcycles lack the hard exterior shells provided by most automobiles and trucks. While helmets and protective clothing serve the purpose to prevent and reduce certain injuries, these may not provide adequate protection is a severe collision. Therefore, it is important that motorists and motorcyclists take steps to increase motorcycle awareness, helping to reduce motorcycle accidents.

Not seeing the motorcyclist or not seeing them in time is often the cause of a motorcycle crash. In most cases, this is due to a driver not adequately checking his or her mirrors and blind spots before making a maneuver, such as changing lanes or making a turn.

According to recent statistics, roughly two-third of all motorcycle accidents that involved another vehicle were caused by the motorist violating the motorcyclist's right of way. The failure to yield is frequently the cause of a motorcycle crash. If a motorist did not adequately look for oncoming traffic or failed to judge the speed of the motorcyclist, this form could result in collision involving serious injuries and damages.

During the warm summer months, motorists should expect the share the road with motorcyclists. Therefore, it is suggested that driver double or even triple check for motorcyclists traveling around them. While motorcyclist awareness could help reduce some crashes, this unfortunately does not prevent all of them. A negligent driver could easily be the cause of a crash, whether it is by speeding, through distractions or other forms or recklessness. Those harmed in a motorcycle crash should understand that they might have recourses available, such as a personal injury claim.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," accessed July 4, 2016

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