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Motorcyclists and other drivers share safety responsibilities

Motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as other drivers do, but they are more likely to be injured or killed in vehicle accidents. Both motorcycle riders and drivers of other vehicles are responsible for staying safe on the roads. By following a few safety tips, all drivers can help avoid motorcycle accidents.

Among the tips:

Motorcyclists should give trucks extra space. Trucks have large blind spots that make it difficult for trucks to see smaller vehicles. If a motorcyclist needs to stop quickly, a truck may not see the motorcyclists or may not be able to stop in time.

- Motorcyclists should call out potential hazards on the road such as parked cars, dogs or gravel. Calling out these objects can help riders stay alert.

For more tips, read our recent article, "Staying Safe During Motorcycle Accident Season."

-- Other drivers should give motorcycles plenty of space. Although motorcycles are smaller than passenger cars, they have almost the same stopping distance.

-- Other drivers should understand that motorcycles may adjust position with a lane for a variety of reasons: Visibility, wind, other vehicles and debris all play a role in where a motorcycle drives.

All of these tips involve understanding differences in how motorcycles and other vehicles operate on the road. By paying attention to these differences, drivers can be more aware and better prepared to drive safely on our roads.

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