What percentage of collisions involving a motorcycle and a car are due to the driver of the car violating the rider’s right-of-way?

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What percentage of collisions involving a motorcycle and a car are due to the driver of the car violating the rider’s right-of-way?

  1. About 25%
  2. Over 50%
  3. Over 75%
  4. 100%

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Answer

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The answer is: B. Over 50%

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Explanation: Collisions Involving Cars and Motorcycles

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

Over ½ of collisions involving motorcycles and cars are caused by the driver of the car violating the rider’s right-of-way. 

This hazard is highly prevalent at intersections. A lot of times, the right-of-way violation is due in part to the driver not seeing the motorcycle. 

Some common crashes due to right-of-way violations include:

  • Cars turning left in front of the motorcycle. 
  • Car turning left from the lane to your right. 
  • Cars turning onto the road from side streets. 
  • Cars entering the intersection while a motorcycle is in it. 

It is important for you to actively scan for hazards and adjust as necessary when approaching any type of intersection. 

Another thing you can do is to try to increase your visibility to others by:

  • Choosing a lane position that makes you most visible. 
  • Use your headlight. 
  • Use your turn signals. 
  • Wear bright and reflective clothing. 

Never assume that a driver sees you or will respect your right-of-way. Always have an escape plan in mind when assessing a potentially risky situation. 

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