The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is focusing heavily on motorcycle safety in the month of May, which has been declared National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Many motorcycle collisions occur because other motorists don’t look out for motorcyclists and fail to yield to even when motorcyclists have the right-of-way.
To help prevent accidents, drivers should stay alert and focused and not only watch for motorcyclists in lanes immediately next to or in front of them but also should check their mirrors and blind spots. Pay especially close attention at intersections. A motorcycle can be easy to miss because of its slim frame.
Do not use a cellphone while driving and never drive under the influence of alcohol. Distracted driving and drunk driving contribute to many motorcycle accidents every year.
Many accidents take place because other drivers fail to respect the fact that motorcycles have just as much right to use highways and roads as they do.
If you drive too close to a motorcyclist, try to run a motorcyclist off the road or engage in other kinds of hostile behavior, you seriously increase the risk of an accident and be held liable for the motorcyclist’s injuries.
The Washington auto accident lawyer at The Abelson Law Firm, represent people who have been injured in motorcycle crashes and other accidents in Washington, D.C.