Every day, motorcyclists across the country are injured or killed in collisions with passenger vehicles. In the state of Indiana, the government reported over 100 fatalities each year from 2007 till 2013. In addition to the deaths, there were also between 2,486 and 3,279 injuries reported during the same years. Interestingly, the number of motorcycle registrations in the state steadily rose each year, but did not seem to correlate with the number of fatalities or injuries.
While every motorist is responsible for avoiding risks like drunk or distracted driving, riders of two-wheeled vehicles face more dangers than those in passenger cars. It is the responsibility of all drivers to take extra precautions to reduce the chances of colliding with a motorcycle.
First, the Governor's Highway Safety Association warns that drivers need to double check their blind spots. The small size of a motorcycle means it is easily missed if drivers are glancing at their blind spot too quickly. This applies to situations when the driver is changing lanes as well as making turns. Other vehicles also need to be aware that a motorcycle's signal does not turn off on its own and caution should be taken.
Additionally, motorcycles need to be allowed more space when being followed. These vehicles can react much quicker than a car and may not signal a stop in enough time for a vehicle to avoid collision. Hazardous road conditions like rain, potholes or railroad crossings may affect motorcycles more than cars, requiring all drivers to take extra precautions in these situations.