Motorcyclists and Drivers Reminded to Be Aware
Prince George, B.C. – It is peak vacation time, and with the pleasant weather, more motorcyclists are on the roads. Their presence has ICBC once again calling on riders and drivers of vehicles to keep an eye out for each other.
Last year,47 motorcyclists were injured in 73 crashes in the Northern Interior region. On average, five motorcyclists are killed in crashes each year in the region.
60% of all motorcycle crashes in the province involve another vehicle, it is common for the crash to involve a vehicle turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
Motorcycles are difficult to see, especially if you’re not looking for them. Last year in B.C., 1,600 motorcyclists were injured in 2,600 crashes.
The top contributing factors for drivers who hit motorcycles are distraction/inattention, failing to yield right-of-way and improper turning.
ICBC is calling on drivers to share the road with motorcycles and if in doubt about who has the right of way, yield to the motorcycle.
As for motorcyclists, the advice is to never assume a driver has seen you, and make the best effort to stay out of a drivers blind spots.