Sharing the Road With Motorcycles and BicyclesMississippi Legal News
Those who ride bicycles and motorcycles are extremely unprotected when they share the roadway with larger passenger vehicles, especially since motorcycles and bicycles are more difficult to see due to their more diminutive size. Even drivers who diligently pay close attention to their surroundings are able to be caught off guard by the unexpected appearance of one of these smaller vehicles.
One of the most significant dangers to a motorcycle rider is the presence of other drivers. Taking into account all deadly motorcycle collisions, 56 percent of them involved another vehicle and, out of those 56 percent, 85 percent involved passenger vehicles.
There are a few different ways that the drivers of passenger vehicles are able to help make Mississippi’s roadways safer for bicycle and motorcycle riders.
Stay Vigilant During Fair Weather Conditions
The majority of motorcycle collisions take place between the months of May and October. This is when the weather is typically perfect for riding. Blinding sunlight could, however, briefly blind riders, which could lead to an accident.
Passenger vehicle drivers need to be conscious of seasonal riding conditions and keep an eye out for motorcyclists on the first days of sunny weather after the winter as well as during the summertime and throughout autumn.
Allow Bicycles and Motorcycles to Have Additional Space
It is often very hard for the driver of a passenger vehicle to estimate the speed at which a motorcycle is traveling because of its smaller size. This is why it is important to allow them additional space to move. Make it a practice in your car to have your passengers help you while you drive. They might notice a motorcycle or a bicycle from the passenger or back seat that you are not in a position to see.
Look Out for Motorcycles and Bicycles in Intersections
Driving up and down the same roads day after day usually causes drivers to become complacent and stop giving their full attention to the road around them. It is especially important to pay close attention when you are at an intersection. Between the other vehicles and the traffic lights and pedestrians, you might overlook a smaller two-wheeled vehicle.
Being hyper-vigilant in intersections is particularly critical if you are driving in a metropolitan area. More than 90% of fatal motorcycle accidents that involve passenger vehicles take place in these crowded locations.
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