Operating a vehicle of any kind comes with its own unique set of risks. But while they all carry risk, no vehicle carries quite the same risk as a motorcycle. Riding a motorcycle proved 28 times more fatal than passenger cars (per vehicle mile) in 2016. The NHTSA reported that this contributed to a 5.1 percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities in 2016 from just the year prior. Though we are likely to assume that most accidents occur at night when visibility is more difficult, the opposite is actually true. In 2016 most motorcycle accidents actually took place during the day (59 percent), while 34 percent of motorcycle fatalities happening in intersections. According to 2005 data from the NHTSA, most of these intersections are local, located off of the highway.
What Causes Motorcycle Fatalities at Intersections?
According to a 2009 report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute, 42 percent of fatal motorcycle intersection crashes involving two vehicles, occurred because the vehicle turned left in front of the oncoming motorcycle.
One of the biggest causes of motorcycle fatalities is a passenger vehicle driver who fails to see and yield to motorcyclists who at that time have the right-of-way. Since intersections prove so deadly for motorcyclists, it is key that they understand how to best protect themselves. This is where intersection safety comes into play.
What Can You Do?
To be proactive, drivers of any vehicle should abstain from any type of distractions, which are illegal and can result in serious injury or even death. This includes everything from putting on makeup and eating, to changing the radio and talking on the phone.
While drivers are expected to remain alert at all times – including through intersections – motorcyclists have their own set of helpful safety tips, including:
- Defensive driving
- Watching for vehicles in side streets and alleys
- Slowing down when visibility is compromised
- Avoiding riding between vehicles
- Avoiding driving in other drivers’ blind spots
- Allowing passenger vehicles to pull up before you in an intersection as they are more likely to be seen
- Wearing bright-colored clothing to increase your odds of being seen
The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Motorcycle Attorney can help to gather the police reports, medical records, and the evidence necessary to prove your case.
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys have a long history of dealing with motorcycle accidents and have helped our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!