A large number of injuries and deaths on the road involve motorcycle riders. Sadly, these accidents are often avoidable if other drivers would pay sufficient attention. Too often we hear drivers say: “I didn’t see the motorcycle.”
According to one source, there were 5,000 motorcyclists killed in the U.S. in 2017. This means a motorcycle rider is 28 times more likely to die on the road than operators of other vehicles.
Though there may be a decrease in the number of accidents during certain years, there has been no lasting trend that demonstrates that fewer motorcycle accidents are occurring. The number of injuries and deaths to riders due to distracted driving are of particular concern. In one particular state, the number of accidents due to distracted driving has doubled.
What drivers can do to increase safety for motorcycle riders
It’s possible that individuals do not even recognize their driving is creating dangers for motorcycle riders. Yet as one article suggests, there are ways of reducing the number of accidents. For example:
- Car drivers should keep ample distance between their vehicle and motorcycles
- Drivers need to check closely for blind spots
- Motor vehicle operators need to signal turns and lane changes
While motorcycle riders must also take steps to avoid accidents, drivers of trucks and cars are often at fault when accidents occur. This is especially true when they are not looking out for motorcycle riders. We must remember that motorcyclists are legally on the roads, and they have the same rights as other drivers.
We’ve said many times that the consequences of motorcycle accidents are severe. Injuries to the head, neck and back can be permanent. The lengthy recovery process can also result in insurmountable expense. And it can mean the loss of a family member for parents, spouses and children.
Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of work for Illinois attorneys who represent injured motorcycle riders. We have to hold negligent drivers accountable, or the injuries will continue.