Anything on the roadway that is small is vulnerable. Motorcycles are especially at risk because unlike pedestrians and bicycles, they can travel at the same speed as the rest of traffic. This means that they travel alongside other vehicles with no special protections, such as a bike lane, crosswalk or sidewalk. It is important for bikers to understand how to drive safely on the roads and interact with other vehicles, but it is also important for drivers to learn how to drive safely around motorcycles.
If everyone works together, it is possible to save lives, as many motorcyclists die each year due to collisions. Mobil explains that the size of a motorcycle introduces several special considerations about how this type of vehicle drives and interacts on the roads.
Because of their size, it is more difficult to see a motorcycle than another vehicle. This is one reason why left-hand turn accidents happen so often. A driver turning left may not see an oncoming motorcycle and just make the turn in front of it. It is easy to not see a motorcycle coming down the road and pull out in front of it as well.
Another visibility issue is that motorcycles can easily slip into a driver’s blind spot. This is especially dangerous when merging into traffic or changing lanes.
Because a motorcycle is smaller, it can stop faster than other vehicles. In addition, when slowing down, a biker may not always step on the brake. He or she may simply downshift to slow the bike. Drivers have to pay attention and ensure that they keep a proper distance between them and a bike.
Everyone on the road must follow the same laws. The size of the vehicle does not matter. All motorists and motorcyclists have a right to a safe drive. This requires everyone working together to keep everyone else and themselves safe on the roads.