Cruise with Caution: Motorcycle Safety Awareness

Robert T. Lynch, P.E., Principal Collision Reconstruction Engineer

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month (May 2024) coincides with warmer weather as more riders return to the streets in regions where snow, ice, and cold weather conditions may have previously interfered. This seasonal trend can lead drivers to become less attentive to motorcyclists and other 2- and 3-wheeled vehicles such as bicycles, scooters, and mopeds.

There is a well-documented phenomenon in motorcycle collisions when drivers looked-but-failed-to-see (LBFTS) before turning left in front of an approaching motorcycle.  The message, “Look Twice, Save a Life,” is an important reminder for both drivers and motorcyclists.  While it is inevitable that collisions will continue to occur due to drivers failing to take proper notice of a motorcycle, if left-turning drivers take a second look at oncoming traffic for an approaching motorcycle, they will give themselves a better opportunity to avoid a collision.

The Collision Reconstruction Engineers at DJS Associates remind motorcyclists that conflicts are most likely to occur at intersections.  Therefore, it is wise to look ahead and prepare an “out” in case a conflict arises.  Riders should also take time to refamiliarize themselves with their motorcycle and always ride within their limits.

Be safe out there!

Recommended Resources

View the synchronized video demonstrative produced by DJS Associates’ 3D department for a real-world case example of a collision that occurred when a school bus turned left at an intersection, entering the path of an oncoming motorcyclist. 

Explore NHTSA’s interactive data visualization tool for annual statistics on motorcyclist fatalities and additional information on factors including geography, rider behaviors, and crash characteristics. 

Categories: Principal Collision Reconstruction Engineer | Robert T. Lynch, P.E. | Transportation Safety

Tags: Intersection | Motorcycle | NHTSA | Safety Tips


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