Anytime motorcyclists have to be around other vehicles, there is a risk that they could get badly hurt or killed in a crash. Motorcyclists aren’t always easy to see, so there is a chance that drivers may hit them without realizing they were around them.
Take, for example, a collision that happened in Missouri that has spurred a man into action advocating for better safety measures. The man states that his friend was badly hurt on his motorcycle when he was hit and left without help.
In the crash, the motorcyclist was left with a head injury and broken bones. He was able to have surgery, and he, fortunately, has a positive prognosis. However, his friend is urging other drivers to be more attentive and to watch out for motorcyclists.
Summer months are riding months
Through the summer, motorcyclists are going to be on the roads more often. Avoiding distractions, like using a cell phone or eating behind the wheel, makes drivers more attentive to the road and what’s going on around them.
For drivers who must take a call or respond to a text, the best thing to do is to pull over to the side of the road or park quickly, so the flow of traffic isn’t impacted by the distraction. Remember, even looking away from the road for a few seconds could be a long enough time to lead to a crash.
Watch out for motorcyclists
Since motorcyclists have a smaller footprint, they sometimes appear to be traveling more slowly than they are. They may also be hard to see.
Drivers need to look and listen for motorcyclists. Before pulling out of a driveway or making a turn, drivers should look both ways twice, checking for any sign of movement. Doing this could help prevent a serious crash leading to significant or fatal injuries.
You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries
As a rider, your safety is paramount. If you’re involved in a motorcycle crash, you have a right to look into seeking compensation from any driver who made mistakes leading to your injuries.