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How dangerous are distracted drivers to motorcycles?

It does not matter how safe of a motorcycle driver you are, there is always a distracted driver on the roads that could cause you a lot of pain. Distracted driving is an epidemic sweeping the nation and California is not exempt. Because of this, motorcycle riders need to become aware of the signs a distracted driver gives off when operating his or her bike.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports that 80 percent of accidents involving motorcycles were caused by distracted drivers. Almost 65 percent of near crashes involved some type of distraction at least three seconds before an incident.

Distracted drivers are all over the road. They don't have to be using a mobile phone to be considered distracted either. Distracted drivers include those who eat while driving, read the newspaper, apply makeup, get dressed, shave, talk to passengers, change the radio stations, wear headphones and much more.

Motorcycle riders need to be extra careful when operating their bikes because of distracted drivers. It's hard enough for drivers of cars, SUVs and trucks to see motorcycles around them. It can become even more difficult when the drivers of those vehicles are distracted.

When operating a bike, motorcycle riders will need to be on the lookout for distracted drivers. Some of the most common signs include weaving in and out of traffic, straddling the center line, wearing headphones, braking suddenly and taking too long to drive away from an intersection controlled by a traffic light.

For example, if a light turns from red to green and the vehicle does not begin to move a couple seconds afterwards, it's possible the driver is distracted by something in their vehicle. Motorcyclists should remain as far away from distracted drivers as possible in order to avoid any accidents.

Motorcycle accidents are all too common and a large percentage of them are caused by distracted drivers. An experienced motor vehicle accident attorney can answer all of your questions if you've been injured in a motorcycle accident in Manhattan Beach.

Source: Motorcycle Marc, "Distracted Drivers…ready to snuff you out," accessed June 09, 2017

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