With the beautiful weather, bikers are hitting the road in increasing numbers. Unfortunately, the number of biker related accidents is also going up. A man on a motorcycle was killed in Texarkana Monday. This is the second motorcycle accident in a seven day period.
Early reports indicate that the driver of a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander stopped at a stop sign, but didn’t see the biker and pulled out in front of him. The biker wasn’t wearing a helmet. It is believed he was killed instantly.
There is a lot of venting on several forums I belong to about the carnage caused by careless car drivers. There seems to be the perception among some bikers that “cagers,” as drivers of cars and trucks are called, are out to get us. That somehow the life and safety of a motorcyclist is not as important to them as that of other drivers.
As both a biker and a cager, I know how hard it is to see motorcycles. The internet is full of studies about how physics and human perception make it more difficult to spot something the size of a motorcycle moving at speed. If science doesn’t prove it to you, then statistics should.
If you’re going to ride a motorcycle you must take responsibility for your own safety. You need to understand and believe that you are invisible. Right of way and right or wrong simply do not enter into it. Every motorcycle will lose every argument with even the smallest car. The most effective thing a biker can do for safety is wear a helmet. I’m frequently dismayed at the number of bikers who insist that “Loud pipes save lives,” while turning their noses up a helmets. Neither statistics nor studies indicate that loud pipes contribute to safety while countless studies, statistics, and common sense tell us that helmets do.
— Guy Wheatley