Although the automobile is still considered king of the road, there are numerous other types of vehicles on the roads these days: commercial vehicles, buses, bicycles, scooters and motorcycles. It’s becoming more and more important for motorists to share the road with these other modes of transportation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) there were more than 6.7 million motorcycles registered for street use in 2006 and the numbers continue to increase each year.

Unfortunately, the number of accidents involving cars and motorcycles has increased as well. In 2007, 78 percent of the motorcycles involved in two-vehicle crashes were struck from the front. In 40 percent of those cases, the other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was traveling straight or passing another vehicle.

The rules of the road apply equally to someone driving an automobile or riding a motorcycle. Motorists shouldn’t crowd the motorcyclist or cut off the motorcyclist’s right-of-way. Motorcyclists should operate their equipment responsibly and not take unsafe advantage of the motorcycle’s maneuverability.

Considering the crash statistics and the increasing number of motorcycles, the key to a safe traffic mix is understanding and learning to share the roadway. Don’t let yourself be one of those who says, “I didn’t see him.” Make sure, as the driver of an automobile, that you’re as diligent in looking for motorcycles as you are for other vehicles. For more information Please Visit : www.statefarm.com/agent/US/WI/Neenah/Craig-Teronde-S98291YS000