Accidents happen to anyone, and it can happen to you. I recently purchased a new motorcycle, including my helmet and other safety gear. I wear the safety helmet, eye protection, and gloves, but I know that other motorcyclists are more at risk if they are not wearing the proper riding gear. I’ve been a motorcyclist for many years, so I know the roads in our state. I like to drive across the different counties in our area and take in the sites and country roads. I follow the rules of the road, but some other motorists obviously don’t. I think this is the third time since I got the bike two weeks ago, that I am going through an intersection, and an automobile doesn’t yield to me and turns left in front of me. Luckily, I avoided an accident in these situations. However, I don’t think that everyone is so fortunate. I was reading stats on accidents in our state, and the website states that more than 50 percent of motorcycle-vehicle crashes occur because a driver did not see a motorcycle. I understand that bikes are smaller vehicles, but if you are watching out for bikes when you are driving, I think that you could see them. I also read that nine out of ten motorcycle fatality victims were not wearing a safety helmet. However, it doesn’t help that our state doesn’t have a helmet law, requiring that all motorcycle driver wear one. I don’t get it. Automobiles require air bags and other safety equipment in the event of a crash. So, if someone hits a motorcyclist (who is not protected from the elements like a passenger in an auto), that motorcyclist is going to either fall or get tossed in the air, bike and all. It makes sense to me to always wear a helmet, but maybe the law will change someday.
I also read that in the past six years, overall traffic fatalities in our state have declined, yet motorcycle fatalities have not. I also read that more than 50 percent of motorcycle-vehicle crashes occurred because a driver did not see the motorcycle. I just don’t get it. If the automobile or truck driver is alert and watching out for the motorcyclist, then they should be able to avoid any collision. The rules of the road need to apply to all drivers, including motorcyclists who have a greater chance of fatality if involved in a crash.
I can understand why there are more fatalities with bikers. I’ve had to dodge vehicles that were forcing me off the road just so that they can get in my lane. Or another vehicle is honking their horn to get me to pull over so that they can get in my lane when I am driving the required speed limit. Well, motorcycles are vehicles with the same privileges as any vehicle on the roadway. If other drivers don’t start respecting the other drivers, including motorcyclists, then accidents will continue to happen.