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Old 06-28-2007, 12:16 PM   #1
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Be aware of motorcycles! According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2004, there were 4,008 motorcyclist fatalities, which accounted for 9% of all traffic fatalities for the year. More than half of motorcycle collisions are caused not by the motorcyclist, but by another driver. In 39% of these crashes, the other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle. Both vehicles were going straight in 26% of the fatal crashes. Many times, the driver either does not see the oncoming motorcyclist at all or does not see the motorcyclist in time to avoid a collision.

Why don't we see motorcyclists? There are several reasons:

Motorists tend to look for other cars, not for motorcyclists.

The profile of a motorcycle is much smaller than that of a car or truck. This makes an approaching motorcycle harder to see. Estimating their distance and oncoming speed is also more difficult.

Motorcycle riding requires frequent lane movement to adjust to changing road conditions.

Motorcycle riders may not be wearing bright clothes or using lights to make them more visible.

Motorcycles are more easily concealed in blind spots.

Some motorcyclists tend to weave through traffic.

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Lesson 8: Defensive Driving Strategies

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Interacting with Motorcycles: Why Collisions Occur

Knowing when collisions involving motorcycles are most likely to occur can help you drive safely in dangerous situations:

Left Turns - Nationally, the most common crash between cars and motorcycles is at an intersection when the automobile driver is making a left turn in front of a motorcycle. The most frequent cause of multi-vehicle crashes is a motorist turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Anywhere two vehicles' paths can cross creates a danger point for both motorcycles and automobiles. Approximately 40% of all motorcycle collisions occur at intersections. This includes driveways, parking lots, and side street entrances. When vehicles slow, stop, or turn, the possibility for a collision is greatly increased.

Blind Spots - Motorcycles riding alongside a lane of cars are often out of view of the driver. An unsuspecting driver may collide with a motorcycle as the driver tries to change lanes.

Hazardous Road Conditions - Motorcycles have to be very concerned about road obstructions such as potholes and fallen tree limbs. Railroad tracks may be a minor problem for drivers, but a motorcyclist may have to slow down or change lanes to avoid these obstacles.

Weather Conditions - When the road surface is wet or icy, motorcycle braking and handling abilities are impaired.

Strong Winds - A strong gust of wind can move a motorcycle across an entire lane if the rider isn't prepared for it. Wind gusts from large trucks passing in the other lane can be a real hazard.

Large Vehicles - A large vehicle such as a van, bus, or truck can block a motorcycle from a driver's view. The motorcycle may seem to suddenly appear out of nowhere.
Remember to look out for motorcycles, anticipate their movements, signal your intentions, and allow plenty of space around them. You can do this by scanning the road and your mirrors to identify potential hazards. Anticipate the motorcyclist's actions and adjust your driving technique. Use your horn; it is sometimes difficult for motorcyclists to hear traffic and they may not hear you otherwise. Respect motorcycles as full-sized vehicles.

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