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How Inconsiderate Drivers Pose a Serious Risk to Harley Riders

September 28, 2016

Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Review How Inconsiderate Drivers Pose a Serious Risk to Harley Riders

Motorcycles have become a popular part of the trendy culture. Motorcycles provide a great way to commute or just get away from the pressures of everyday life. Despite the fact that motorcycles have become fashionable for those from all walks of life, including Hollywood actors/actresses, corporate executives, lawyers, and many others who may not fit the historical stereotype of the "outlaw biker," these outdated notions continue to influence many inconsiderate drivers. The archaic concept of the renegade biker continues to motivate motorists in cars to exercise less caution and show less courtesy to motorcyclists than to those in other types of vehicles. In this blog article, our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys discuss the serious threat to public safety posed by motorists who are inconsiderate around motorcyclists.

Drivers Failure to Observe Motorcycle Right-Of-Way a Common Cause of Crashes

The amount of consideration and concern exhibited by drivers of passenger vehicles toward motorcyclists can be woefully inadequate. Many passenger vehicle drivers fail to look for motorcycles before changing lanes, cut off motorcyclists, crowd riders on the roadway, or otherwise place motorcyclists at an increased risk of being injured in a crash. The tendency of many drivers of passenger vehicles not to exercise reasonable caution to avoid endangering motorcyclists is reflected by the fact that 66 percent of all motorcycle accidents are caused by failure to observe a motorcyclist's right of way according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Because the small size of motorcycles allows them to be navigated in areas where passenger vehicle drivers do not expect them, motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to collisions caused by motorists who never even see the bike. The difficulty spotting motorcycles means that passenger vehicle drivers frequently have less time to respond once they observe a motorcycle.

Outdated Stereotypes about Outlaw Bikers Still Persists

The notion that most motorcyclists are members of biker gangs and similar inaccurate stereotypes are not based on fact. However, these stereotypes can mean that motorists in passenger vehicles disregard basic courtesy for those on bikes that they do for those transported in other motor vehicles. Examples of the types of hazards that can be created by insensitive drivers of passenger vehicles include, among others:

• Moving into the space in a lane occupied by a motorcyclist
• Not respecting the rights of motorcyclists to occupy the full width of a lane
• Following motorcyclists so closely that the bike is rear-ended in a collision
• Turning into the path of a motorcyclist

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