Look more than once for bikers

Every motorcycle rider on the road today knows if they are in an accident, they are pretty much toast. Even though they realize the risks, they take them. Even though they may be good drivers, it does not mean others on the road are paying attention and watching out for motorcycle riders. The fact is, most drivers do not even see bikers.

Consider the case of 25-year-old Jonnee Stettner. He had a stellar career as a football player and his life was full of promise for the future. He was well-respected and loved. But his life was gone in an instant when a car crashed into him in the middle of an intersection by a driver who ran a red light.

Then there is the case of 26-six year old Kyle Holistrum. Kyle was heading to visit his grandmother to show her his new motorcycle. Two miles from her house, a car abruptly turned left in front of him. He had nowhere else to go but into the driver’s side of the car. He died in hospital of a severely lacerated liver. The driver said he did not see Kyle.

The main issue with drivers and bikers is that drivers need to pay attention to everything going on around them while they are on the road. While increased awareness may well reduce the number of biker versus car accidents, there are still scenarios that involve speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence.

Bikers deserve personal justice if they have been involved in an accident where the other driver was negligent. Remember that when you take to the road, bikers are a part of the traffic flow. Be aware. Respect their space.

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