California drivers and motorcyclists must coexist on the road. Of course, this is often easier said than done. Drivers often put motorcyclists at you into dangerous situations without even trying.
As an example, the distracted driving behaviors displayed by one driver are a risk for them and other drivers. But it is an even greater risk for you, who faces a heightened risk of crashing and suffering from worse injuries in a crash.
Examples of distracted driving
The National Safety Council takes a look at information related to distracted driving incidents. Distracted driving is an umbrella term that covers many different actions (or lack thereof) while a driver is behind the wheel. A few examples include:
- Texting while driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving in a state of mental or emotional distress
- Driving while physically ill
Many smaller behaviors that every driver does fall under this category too, like talking to passengers or listening to music. As such, not every form of distracted driving can face a realistic elimination.
Why motorcyclists face increased risk
But every type can still put you at risk. Why? Because motorcyclists like you have much less protection than any other driver on the road. As such, crashes that other people can walk away from can be devastating or even deadly to you.
Distracted driving takes a driver’s attention away from the road, too. On a motorcycle, you are already hard for drivers to spot. The chances of a distracted driver seeing you is even lower, which also increases your chances of getting hit. In other words, you have a higher risk of getting hit and a higher risk for more serious injury. It is a bad combination that can lead to some big issues.