At Stillman and Friedland, we see the aftermath of all kinds of accidents, so we want to share safety pointers for a special driving issue: motorcycle traffic. Defensive driving and proper maintenance is crucial for motorcycle owners. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a non-profit organization sponsored by major motorcycle manufacturers, offers online tips and courses to help motorcyclists ride safely.
Here’s a great video from the MSA for motorcycle owners:
The MSA also reminds drivers that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Failing to see motorcycles and carelessly causing an accident generally causes more severe consequences for the motorcyclist than for the car owner.
MSF’s president, Tim Buche, points out that, “When a car hits a motorcyclist, there is often direct vehicle-to-human contact” with the potential for loss of life or crippling injury—and no one wants to carry the burden of responsibility for causing a tragic accident. But, according to Buche, “This can all be avoided by making a conscious effort to drive fully engaged and undistracted."
The MSF has a handy factsheet for car and truck drivers on how to manage in traffic with motorcycles, with ten points you need to know about motorcycle traffic. Here are a few key points we distilled from the MSF factsheet:
Remember, half of motorcycle accidents are caused not by motorcyclists or road conditions, but by car and truck drivers. Everyone needs to do their best to drive defensively and safely to avoid tragic collisions.
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