As the weather gets warmer in Minnesota, you may be excited about getting out to enjoy the outdoor activities of summer once again. Many Minnesotans do this by taking their motorcycles out on the beautiful scenic roads of our state.
With more motorcycles hitting the road in the next few months, Minnesota drivers must take great care. It is up to both drivers and motorcycle riders to be safe on the road at all times.
However, motorcycle accidents are almost always worse for the motorcyclist. Motorcycle fatalities have doubled in the last two decades, as they are more likely to suffer a catastrophic injury or fatality in even a minor collision.
What should drivers know?
When drivers avoid distractions and drive defensively, they can accomplish two things:
- They can better avoid hazards, and therefore accidents; and
- They make roads safer for other motorists as well.
Even so, drivers should be extra aware of motorcyclists on the road. There are a few reasons for this, including:
- Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles. This often makes it easier for them to fit in a vehicle’s blind spots and, therefore, for drivers to miss them.
- Many drivers only look for other cars, and that can cause the brain to overlook motorcycles on the road.
- It is easy to misjudge a motorcycle’s speed. This often leads drivers to turn in front of motorcycles at intersections.
- Many drivers do not understand a motorcycle’s right of way on Minnesota roads.
Sharing the road is certainly a two-way street, with both motorcyclists and drivers sharing responsibilities. However, drivers should be aware of how they can effectively share the road in a way that helps keep all motorists safe.
An accident involving a motorcycle can be devastating. If you or a loved one suffers an injury in such an accident, it is critical to seek assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney, so you can obtain the compensation you deserve.