Off-Highway Intersections Prove Dangerous for Motorcyclists

motorcyclist on a highway

Driving any motor vehicle comes with its own set of risks, but when it comes to riding a motorcycle, that risk greatly increases. In fact, according to the NHTSA, from 2015 to 2016 there was a 5.1 percent increase in the number of motorcycle fatalities. Also in 2016, motorcyclists died 28 times more often than that of passenger car occupants involved in a traffic crash.

While you may imagine driving at night to be more dangerous since it’s darker, the NHTSA reported that a majority of these incidents (in 2016) occurred during the day (59 percent), with more than one-third (34 percent) transpiring in intersections. Older data by the NHTSA showed that most of these intersections were off of the highway. 

Many motorcycle crashes that occur in intersections transpire due to the drivers of passenger vehicles, often due to their failure to yield to motorcyclists that have the right-of-way because they did not see them. While we cannot change the actions of others, we can be proactive in an effort to protect ourselves. This is why it’s imperative that motorcyclists have a clear and thorough understanding of safety as it relates to intersections. 

Be Proactive

Regardless of the type of vehicle that you drive, you should always pay attention to the road and what’s occurring in front of and around you. But for motorcyclists, paying attention at intersections is even more important as it can often be the difference between life and death. 

When you are riding a motorcycle and come across an intersection, it’s important that you take certain steps to protect yourself. They include the following:

  • Assume that others cannot see you
  • Don’t ride between vehicles
  • Don’t ride in others’ blind spots
  • Wear bright colors
  • Allow passenger vehicles to go in front of you since they’re more likely to be seen
  • Keep an eye on side streets
  • Slow down in inclement weather or when something is obscuring your vision

MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another party, it can have devastating results. It can be difficult enough dealing with the accident and any injuries, but it can be even harder dealing with the financial impact. You and your family should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. 

At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of personal injury accidents and the havoc that they can wreak on just about all aspects of your life. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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