Massachusetts drivers take a lot of pride in doing things well. From clam chowder to baseball, residents of the Bay State set the American example for commitment and quality. These ideals extend to driving as well. According to a 2020 study by AutoInsurance.org alongside statistics compiled by the NHTSA, Massachusetts ranks #2 in the country for best drivers in the state, boasting the fewest traffic deaths in the country.
Despite this, motorcyclists account for one of every seven traffic deaths. Massachusetts drivers can continue their dedication to high expectations and concern for each other by practicing safe driving habits around motorcycles.
Help save biker lives
Drivers can help keep motorcyclists safe by keeping these driving tips in mind:
- Share more of the road: Motorcycles maneuver much differently than cars. Drivers may be unfamiliar with how bikes operate and react poorly. Giving bikers more road to use can help drivers react safely and confidently.
- Turn off high-beams: Unlike cars, large UV-protected windshields do not shield bikers. High-beam headlights will blind a motorcyclist completely. Refrain from using brights around bikes at night.
- Turn left carefully: Most motorcycle accidents occur in intersections when a car turns left in front of an unseen motorcycle. Be patient in intersections and take note of any nearby motorcycles, accounting for their position before turning.
- Signal turns: Massachusetts drivers know that turn signals help other drivers respond safely and carefully to a vehicle’s intent. Proper use of turn signals is essential to motorcyclists who may need more time to notice and respond accordingly.
- Double-check blind spots: Many motorcycle accidents occur when a car violates a biker’s right-of-way, likely failing to check their blind spots thoroughly. If blind spots can hide cars, they can make motorcycles invisible.
- No drunk driving: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in Massachusetts. Drunk driving puts every motorist at risk of death, especially motorcycles. Nearly 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in death or severe injury.
Injured in a motorcycle accident? Reach out to a lawyer for options
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injury or death. Even though Massachusetts is a no-fault state, drivers may still sue for damages above a certain amount. Those with questions about motorcycle accidents can contact a local attorney familiar with Massachusetts motor vehicle law.