Navigating highways can be a tough task for motorcyclists, mostly due to other cars on the road. Interactions between motorcycles and larger vehicles may be a significant threat to the safety of motorcyclists.
Several key reasons contribute to this, which highlight the importance of awareness and caution for car drivers.
Motorcyclists made up 14% of traffic fatalities in 2021, even though they only make up 3% of all vehicles. One huge challenge motorcyclists face on highways is the limited awareness of car drivers.
Motorcycles are smaller compared to cars, making them more easily overlooked. Drivers of larger vehicles might fail to spot a motorcyclist in their blind spots, leading to sudden lane changes or turns that can result in collisions.
Difference in size
The size and weight difference between motorcycles and cars increases the risks for motorcyclists. In a collision, the force of impact from a car can have serious consequences for a motorcyclist. Without the protection from a structure around them, motorcyclists are at a higher risk of direct injury from the impact.
Quick changes while driving
The nature of highways often requires quick and unexpected moves. However, these can be dangerous for motorcyclists when other drivers make lane changes or sudden stops. The agility of motorcycles can sometimes work against them in such scenarios, since they might not have enough time to react or enough space to avoid a collision.
Lack of respect from others
Sharing the road is important for the safety of all motorists. However, some car drivers might not give motorcyclists respect or space on highways. Not maintaining a safe following distance can lead to dangerous situations, especially if a motorcyclist needs to brake suddenly.
Dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident can leave motorcyclists feeling overwhelmed. It is essential for motorcyclists to practice defensive driving while on the road.