The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration states that more than two-thirds of fatal motorcycle crashes involve a motorcycle and another vehicle. “It is important for motorists to know that their actions affect the safety of motorcyclists,”
A motorist and a motorcyclist may take different actions for the same driving or highway situation. The NHTSA suggests the following:
• Respect the motorcyclist:
Remember the motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the privileges of any vehicle on the roadway. Give the motorcyclist a full lane of travel.
• Look out:
Look for the motorcyclist on the highway, at intersections, when a motorcyclist may be making a left turn, and when a motorcyclist may be changing lanes. Clearly signal your intentions.
• Anticipate a motorcyclist's maneuver:
Obstructions (debris, potholes, etc.) that you may ignore or not notice can be deadly for a motorcyclist. Predict evasive actions.
• Allow plenty of space:
Don't follow a motorcycle too closely. Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to take evasive actions.
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