Based on data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, upwards of 4,965 bikers died in motorcycle-related accidents in 2015. Although some of these collisions involved just a single vehicle, the majority of them involved another motor vehicle. As the driver of a truck, car, SUV, or van, you are under an obligation to not just share the roadway but also to take preventative steps to improve the safety of any motorcycle rider who you come across while you are behind the wheel.
In the past several years, there has been a substantial uptick in the number of registered motorcycles on Colorado’s roadways. Some of this is due to an increase in the popularity of motorcycles and some of this increase is the result of continually climbing gas prices. A lot of drivers have swapped out their automobiles for the much more economical motorcycle in an attempt to reduce the overall amount of gas that they use. This has resulted in a large number of inexperienced riders peppering Colorado’s highways, most of whom will, at some point, be involved in a serious accident.
Drivers should always keep in mind that motorcyclists may be encountered on any highway, road, mountain pass, residential street, or dirt lane.
The majority of vehicle collisions that involve both cars and motorcycles are the responsibility of the person driving the car. On top of remaining steadily aware that a biker might be in close to your car at any given time, there are some other things that you are able to do to ensure the safety of Colorado’s motorcyclists as well as yourself and the occupants of your vehicle.
Failure to check your blindspots is probably the main reason that accidents take place between cars and motorcycles. Motorcycles are more diminutive than just about every other type of vehicle and, because of this, they are typically harder to see when you are attempting to change lanes or merge. The design of a motorcycle and its rider are also more prone to fade into the other things you see in your side-view and rear-view mirrors than the outline of a big vehicle. Be sure that you are not rushing when you are trying to merge and dedicate a few extra seconds to examining all of your vehicle’s blind spots before you go ahead and execute your planned maneuver.
It is perfectly legal to bypass a motorcyclist the same way you would a car, provided that you are on a road where passing is permitted. The burst of wind, however, that comes from your sudden rise in speed as you go by can cause the bike to become unbalanced and push both the bike and the rider off the side of the road. Be certain to indicate your desire to pass a more leisurely paced motorcycle by using your lefthand turn indicator. Be absolutely certain that you are quite a few car lengths in front of the motorcyclist before you attempt to return to your lane.
Make sure that you are keeping a sufficient following distance anytime you are behind a motorcycle. Rear-ending a bike is often lethal to the rider, especially if you are in a big, bulky vehicle such as an SUV or a truck.
Inclement weather has more extreme impacts on motorcyclists than it does on the driver of a car. Rain and especially wintery weather conditions often render it nearly impossible for a motorcycle to remain on the road. Extremely blustery weather might make it hard for riders to maintain control over their bikes on the roadway. Additionally, as far as inclement weather is concerned, keep in mind that these situations also reduce visibility for the drivers of other kinds of motor vehicles as well and could lead to motorcyclists being incredibly difficult to notice.
You can help motorcyclists remain safe even when it is dark outside by giving them a greater following distance, making sure that your high-beams are not on when you see a motorcycle approaching, and allowing them to go at their own speed without passing them by.
Motorcycles, just like other road-legal vehicles, have the right to their own lane. Under no circumstances are you permitted to drive in the same lane as or dangerously close to a motorcyclist. It does not matter how small the motorcycle is or how much extra space you feel they have around them, occupying a single lane or traffic alongside a bike is not only against the law, it is a recipe for unmitigated disaster.
The majority of motor vehicle collisions that take place between both motorcycles and cars happen at intersections, especially blind intersections. Be certain to always obey the rules of the road when it comes to driving through intersections every single time.
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