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Distracted drivers and motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience. Unfortunately, it also comes with risks, such as sharing the road with distracted drivers.

Distracted driving is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents that result in serious injuries. Understanding how this happens is key for both motorcyclists and drivers to stay safe on the road.

Risk factors

One of the main ways distracted drivers contribute to motorcycle accidents is by failing to see motorcyclists on the road. Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars, making them more susceptible to being overlooked by drivers using their phones or talking to passengers. This lack of visibility can lead to dangerous situations where drivers may change lanes or make turns without realizing a motorcycle is nearby. This can result in collisions and serious injuries.

Additionally, distracted drivers may also exhibit erratic behaviors on the road, such as sudden lane changes, speeding or abrupt stops. This can pose a significant threat to motorcyclists. These unpredictable actions can catch motorcyclists off guard and leave them with limited time to react. Furthermore, distracted driving can impair a driver’s ability to respond to their surroundings effectively.

Injuries and deaths

Motorcycle accidents involving distracted drivers often result in serious injuries for the motorcyclist due to the lack of protection provided by a motorcycle compared to a car. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to severe injuries, such as fractures, head trauma and spinal cord injuries. Sadly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that more than 6,200 motorcyclists died in traffic collisions during 2022.

Both motorcyclists and drivers must remain vigilant and attentive while sharing the road to prevent accidents caused by distractions. Remember, staying focused and attentive behind the wheel can save lives and prevent devastating injuries.


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