Gas prices in California and throughout the U.S. have reached such high levels that people are seeking out new methods of getting around. With more motorcycles, bicycles, e-bikes and other alternative means of transportation on the road, drivers must be aware of new risks.
More motorcycle sales and fatalities
Evidence suggests there is a strong correlation between gas prices, motorcycle sales and motorcycle-related deaths. A study conducted by the Motorcycle Industry Council found that a one-dollar rise in gas prices resulted in:
- 295,000 new motorcycle sales
- 233 motorcycle-related deaths
With gas prices possibly rising to unprecedented levels, these numbers may become even more sobering, but careful drivers can help to mitigate the damage.
Be aware of your surroundings
Many motorcycle crashes are the result of the driver of a passenger vehicle simply failing to notice that the motorcycle is on the road. Pay special attention to your surroundings when making left turns or changing lanes. A little extra caution could help you see a motorcycle that would otherwise go unnoticed. Devices such as convex mirrors and blind-spot detection systems can provide an added layer of safety.
New dangers abound
Other alternative forms of transportation include bicycles, scooters, e-bikes and walking. People who get around by these means have little to no protection and are vulnerable to suffering catastrophic and even fatal injuries in the event of a collision with a vehicle. Be especially mindful when driving near parks, playgrounds, schools, shopping districts and other areas that are heavily trafficked by pedestrians.
By watching out for new road dangers, we can do our part to limit accidents in this new paradigm. When an accident does occur and negligence is to blame, the injured should be aware of their legal options.