Multiple deadly motorcycle crashes on Massachusetts roads have local riders concerned for their safety. The rising price of gas has motivated many residents of the state to ride their motorcycles more which has contributed to an increase in accidents.
What can riders and drivers do to stay safe?
Tips for drivers
Most accidents involving vehicles and motorcycles are the vehicle driver’s fault. If you are driving a vehicle these tips can help you avoid accidents with motorcycles:
- Allow more space and stopping time when driving behind a motorcycle
- Check your blind spots before changing lanes or merging
- Avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone
- Use your turn signal and do not speed up suddenly when passing motorcycles
- Proceed through intersections cautiously
Tips for riders
While motorcycle riders may not be the primary cause of accidents, they tend to suffer the worst injuries when accidents occur. These tips can help you stay safe:
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear
- Watch for deer and other animals on the road
- Ride defensively and take extra caution when entering intersections
- Be alert for road hazards, such as potholes, debris and uneven pavement
- Use reflective decals and wear reflective armbands or vests to increase your visibility
Both drivers and motorcycle riders should avoid driving or riding while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Avoid speeding and reduce speed for dangerous weather or road conditions. Do not attempt to share lanes.
Most accidents between motorcycles and motor vehicles are preventable. These safety tips can help you avoid accidents that may cause serious injuries or deaths.