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Distracted Drivers Put Motorcyclists in Danger

Steve Wagner

Synopsis

  • According to a recent study by The Foundation for Traffic Safety, distracted drivers are responsible for as many as 16 percent of highway deaths.
  • While not surprising, motorcyclists were identified as a group at high risk for being involved in a fatal wreck caused by a distracted driver.
  • Text message users make up the highest percentage of the drivers in fatal crashes that are attributed to distracted driving.
  • All drivers play a role in practicing road safety. Motorcycle operators and their passengers should always wear a helmet. Other drivers should stay aware of the dangers of driving and texting and never participate in the deadly distraction.

New Study Reveals Motorcyclists Most Vulnerable to Fatal Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers

According to a recent study by The Foundation for Traffic Safety, it been estimated that distracted drivers are responsible for 16 percent of highway deaths. In addition, motorcyclists were identified as a group at highest risk of being involved in a wreck caused by a distracted driver.

While most motorcycle operators take safety courses to help them learn how to maneuver their bikes, there aren’t many things they can do to protect themselves from a driver who is sending text messages or scrolling their Facebook feed while driving. It’s really up to these careless drivers to make the decision to stay alert and never drive while distracted.

Texting While Driving Proves to be Most Dangerous Distraction

Still frowned upon while driving, talking on the phone, eating, playing with the stereo, and talking to passengers are all safer than texting. All because texting while driving remains the most dangerous distraction since it requires all three major physical and mental actions to happen at once and draws a driver’s attention from the road and seeing a motorcycle nearby.

  • Cognitive Distraction: Drivers will no longer be mindful of the main action, which is driving due to the need to grab, use, and process communication to and from those texting them.
  • Visual Distraction: When a driver takes his or her eyes from the road to read or type a text message, their visual attention is no longer focused on the road.
  • Manual Distraction: To grab for a phone and most likely type in or swipe a security password to access their phone, a driver’s hands are no longer on the wheel. This causes a lack of control over the vehicle.

Motorcyclists are already 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, so it is important that all drivers play a role in their safety. Not only do law enforcement officials expect drivers to stay alert and off their phones but they should also follow these two driving practices as well.

  1. Look Twice for Motorcycles: Motorists need to be especially alert at intersections and when making a left-hand turn. This is where many accidents occur, so be sure to look both ways for motorcycles.
  2. Share the Road: Remember that motorcyclists are entitled to a full lane in order to maneuver and avoid road hazards. Give the motorcyclist respect by keeping a safe distance. Sharing the road will save lives.

If you are a motorcyclist, the most important things for on road safety are to know your bike well, know your abilities, and always wear the right gear. That gear includes a motorcycle helmet. It’s the best protection against a traumatic brain injury if a crash were to occur.

Hold Distracted Drivers Accountable for Motorcycle Accidents

If you have suffered injuries as a result of distracted driver or have been involved in a motorcycle accident resulting in the death of a loved one, the attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve and to cover a loss of wages, pain and suffering, mounting medical bills and rehabilitation costs while injured or filing a wrongful death claim.

There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your case is settled or won. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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