There is plenty of blame to go around for motorcycle accidents. Drivers see motorcyclists speeding and weaving through traffic. At the same time, motorcyclists see drivers cut them off or move into their lane without seeming to notice them.
A study conducted in Florida in 2013 supports the viewpoint of motorcyclists. According to the analysis, about 60% of collisions between automobiles and motorcycles resulted from an error by the automobile driver.
Here are some ways to drive safely for motorcyclists in Miami, FL.
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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Drivers?
The statistics released by Florida do not address fault in motorcycle accidents. But the state’s 2020 Traffic Crash Facts report lists the most common causes of injuries and fatal accidents. From these statistics, you can learn some of the best ways to drive safely around motorcycles.
Overview: How to Be a Safe Driver for Motorcyclists in Miami
Operating a motorcycle is different from driving a car. Motorcycles require the driver to maintain balance. If anything disturbs the rider’s balance, they can tip over and go into a slide.
This means you can cause a motorcycle crash even if you do not directly collide with a motorcycle. If you cause a motorcyclist to swerve or brake hard, you can contribute to a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycles provide little protection for the rider in an accident. In fact, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury than motorists.
According to one study, the most common injuries to motorcyclists include upper and lower limb injuries. These injuries include fractured bones, torn ligaments and tendons, burns, and road rash.
The same study found that 31% of helmeted riders and 38% of unhelmeted riders will suffer a head injury in a crash. Head injuries often occur when the rider gets ejected from the motorcycle or strikes their head on the ground or another vehicle during a collision.
When motorists cause a motorcycle crash that kills or injures a rider, the driver bears liability for the resulting damages.
Florida’s no-fault insurance system does not apply to motorcycles. As a result, injured motorcyclists must pursue compensation from the driver who caused their injuries. This compensation could account for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
From the information provided by the 2020 report about the causes of motorcycle accidents, here are a few ways to be a safer driver for motorcyclists in and around Miami.
Watch for Motorcyclists
According to the 2020 report, the most common cause of vehicle accidents is careless driving. Careless driving covers a range of driver behaviors, including improper lookout.
Drivers miss spotting motorcycles for many reasons, such as:
Many drivers rely on their side and rear-view mirrors instead of checking their blind spots before maneuvering. As they change lanes or turn, they may hit a motorcycle sitting in plain sight.
Most drivers do not ride motorcycles. As a result, they may be unfamiliar with a motorcycle’s capabilities and can misjudge a motorcycle’s speed or maneuverability.
Drivers can also misjudge the distance to a motorcycle. Human eyes judge distance and speed by the size of an object. Drivers have trouble measuring the speed and distance of smaller vehicles like motorcycles.
The brain filters out unimportant data as it collects information. Drivers can miss motorcycles because their brains do not automatically consider motorcycles to be important. Instead, the brain focuses on vehicles, subconsciously dismissing pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists due to their perceived lack of relevance.
Wait Your Turn
According to the 2020 report, one common cause of collisions is a failure to yield the right of way. Two of the most common types of motorcycle accidents happen when drivers try to “beat” a motorcycle as they merge into traffic or turn left across the motorcycle’s path. Waiting your turn will reduce the chance of a collision.
Speeding is a significant factor in many motorcycle accidents. When riders speed, they can have difficulty controlling their motorcycles. When drivers speed, they increase the risk that they will not be able to stop before hitting a motorcycle that they spot at the last second.
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