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Motorcycle accidents and motorists

It is summertime and more bikers and automobiles are on the road in Hillsborough. As a result, the number of motorcycle accidents with motor vehicle operators are on the rise. Many of these accidents are the result of run-ins with motorists who are engaging in distracted and reckless driving behaviors. Other reasons for motorcycle accidents include poor road conditions and a lack of sufficient driving experience.

According to the Sun Sentinel, drivers of trucks and cars are responsible for motor vehicle crashes with motorcyclists at least 60 percent of the time. They often fail to give the right of way to motorcyclists in the majority of those situations. Many automobile operators who are involved in motorcycle accidents are on their cellphones when the crash occurred.

There are other factors that can affect the safety of bikers on the road. Motorcyclists should not rely solely on the assumption that other motorists are paying attention to them and extending proper road courtesies to them while they are out riding. Bikers should keep their attention on every motorist who is on the road with them. The Cheat Sheet recommends for motorcyclists to ride as if there are no safe drivers on the road and to pay extra attention to traffic. Bikers should also slow down, learn how to properly maneuver their bikes, practice safe braking behavior and to be extra careful when approaching and going through intersections.

Motor vehicle operators who fail to give the road and everyone on it the attention they deserve are putting themselves and everyone else at risk harm and injury.

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