Because most vehicles on the road are cars, drivers overlook motorcycles more often. This lack of attention can lead to deadly accidents for motorcyclists. Without sturdy metal surrounding them like a car has, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to the impact when a vehicle hits them. Motorcycle safety is a two-way street. Drivers must know how to spot motorcycles because even when the riders are riding safely, distracted drivers may hit them. In Massachusetts, hitting another person through distracted driving can result in criminal charges if the victim dies or has serious injuries.
Avoid using your cell phone or driving while drowsy
Distracted, unfocused driving is one of the top causes of motor vehicle accidents. Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds is dangerous. While driving, don’t look at a passenger you’re talking to, and don’t use your cell phone. You should also never drive when you feel tired. Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. You suffer from a slower reaction time, impaired decision-making skills and poor hand-eye coordination when you drive while tired just as you would while drunk.
Pay more attention once spring arrives
In the cold climate of Massachusetts, motorcyclists are out more often during spring and summer. Once spring comes around, remind yourself to watch out for a higher number of motorcycles.
Ask passengers to alert you to motorcycles
Having more eyes on the lookout for motorcycles reduces the chances of you accidentally hitting one. Ask your passengers to inform you when and where they see a motorcycle to help you avoid accidents.
It may sound obvious to pay more attention on the road and to never allow your focus to waver, but it does help to consciously remind yourself on a regular basis. Focusing on driving is easier when you avoid looking at your cell phone and only drive when you feel awake and alert.