Motorcycle riders or passengers are injured or killed on average every six minutes in the United States every day, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Even though motorcycles account for 0.6% of all vehicle miles in the U.S., they make up 14% of all traffic fatalities. As a Commercial Auto insurance provider, Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) has safety tips and resources to help drivers and riders share the road safely!
Two main risks
More than half of motorcycle accidents occur because a car or truck driver simply did not see the motorcyclist, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This can be due to a motorcyclist driving in a larger vehicle’s blind spot. Also, motorists often look for other cars and trucks but fail to notice motorcycles due to their size and nimble driving patterns.
The second leading cause of accidents with motorcycles involves left hand turns. More than 40% of all collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles occur at intersections when the car/truck driver makes a left turn in front of a motorcycle (NHTSA). Failure to see the motorcycle or failure to accurately judge the speed of the motorcycle are the two main causes of this type of crash.