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What motorcyclists would like car drivers to know

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2021 | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

Motorcyclists are often the forgotten victims of motor vehicle accidents in Connecticut. Many times, motorcyclists can’t avoid severe injuries after a collision with a car because they don’t have the same protection as drivers and passengers in cars. A motorcyclist is not only more likely to get injured during a motor vehicle accident, but they’re also less likely to survive. It’s important that car drivers understand how dangerous it is for motorcyclists on the road.

Motorcycles can be hard to see

When a driver is behind a motorcyclist, it’s easy for them to lose sight of the motorcyclist. This can be especially true if there are other cars around or tall buildings blocking their vision. They may not even realize they’re getting close to the motorcycle until it’s too late because motorcycles don’t take up as much space on the road as motor vehicles. Car drivers should always be aware of motorcyclists to avoid a collision.

A motorcycle might look farther away than it actually is

When a driver looks at a motorcyclist, they might assume that the motorcyclist is far away from them. This is usually caused by motorcycles’ smaller size compared to other vehicles. This could lead drivers to accidentally hit a motorcyclist if they don’t slow down in time. It’s important that car drivers take their time and pay attention when driving near motorcyclists so that they know how far away they really are.

A motorcycle’s turn signals aren’t self-canceling

When motorcyclists signal to turn, they need to make sure that car drivers notice their turn signals. The problem is that motorcyclists’ turning signals aren’t self-canceling, like cars and other motor vehicles, so it’s easy for motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles to happen when a motorcyclist forgets to turn off their signal after they’ve made a turn or changed lanes.

In motor vehicle accidents, motorcyclists are more likely to get injured or killed than car drivers and passengers. Car drivers should always keep motorcyclists’ safety in mind to prevent accidents.