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The following article is reprinted from GWRRA Motorist Awareness Division.
"Motorcyclists, who have significant room to maneuver while riding within a traffic lane, can use this margin to position themselves for maximum visibility to other motorists with safety and control of the situation." (NAMS, 2001)
Why Double Check?
About 3/4 of motorcycle accidents involve another motor vehicle.
Two-thirds of these accidents were caused by the motorist failing to yield the right of way.
The most common reason given by the motorist is, “I didn’t see the motorcycle.”
Why don't motorists see Motorcyclists?
Motorists, for the most part, are unfamiliar with motorcycles.
Motorists tend to look for and see the familiar - other motorists.
Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than vehicles; therefore, judging speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle is more difficult.
Where Are Accidents most likely to occur?
LEFT TURNS - Over 40% of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections.
VEHICLE BLIND SPOT - Motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicles blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their size.
EVERYONE SHOULD LOOK TWICE - SAVE A LIFE
WHAT CAN A MOTORIST DO?
Expect to see motorcyclists. Look twice!
Try to anticipate a motorcyclist's movements - be especially cautious at intersections and during lane changes. "Take a second - Double check!"
Allow more space between your vehicle an a motorcyclist than you would for another vehicle. "Ride aware!"
Be courteous - signal your intentions well in advance.
Remember - "How many motorcyclists have you seen today? LOOK TWICE"