Safety Tips to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents
As the driver of a car or truck it can be easy to overlook the importance of motorcycle safety. But the safety of motorcyclists involves everyone on the road, not just the rider. 75% of motorcycle accidents involve a passenger vehicle. In most of these cases it is the fault of the driver of the car or truck who violates the motorcycle’s right of way. Motorcycle accidents are unfortunate. Those caused by negligence are made even worse by the knowledge that they could have been avoided. You can help prevent unnecessary motorcycle accidents by consistently using these safe-driving practices:
- Give usage of the full lane to motorcyclists. Even though a lane might seem wide enough for both a car and a motorcycle, the motorcycle rider needs additional room to safely maneuver. Motorcycles are often required to react quickly to avoid hazards such as potholes and gravel.
- Always use your indicator lights to signal your intention to change lanes. 57% of drivers admit they don’t use their turn signal to change lanes. It might seem like no one is around, but motorcycles are much smaller than other motor vehicles and can be difficult to see. Using your signal can prevent an accident with the motorcyclist you may not have noticed.
“57% of drivers admit they don’t use their turn signal to change lanes. It might seem like no one is around, but motorcycles are much smaller than other motor vehicles and can be difficult to see.”
- Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely. It’s quite common for a motorcyclist to slow by downshifting rather than using the brakes. This means that no brake light will activate to warn you that the motorcycle is coming to a stop. Additionally, a motorcycle can make emergency stops more quickly than a car in dry conditions. If following a motorcyclist too closely, a passenger vehicle might not have enough room to stop.
- Avoid distracted driving. This is good advice for avoiding any type of accident, but especially accidents involving motorcyclists. Motorcycles can enter and exit your field of vision more quickly than larger vehicles. Allowing yourself to become distracted for a few seconds could cause an accident.
Following these tips can greatly reduce the chances of motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, we can’t completely eliminate the risk of injury or death associated with traveling by motor vehicle. However, at Bergener Mirejovsky we can help you deal with these unfortunate events, should one occur. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience aiding those involved in motorcycle accidents get compensation for damages.
We recognize that each case is unique and that these damages can include loss of wages, medical care, property loss, pain and suffering, emotional distress, as well as other difficulties caused by the accident. We handle the legal and insurance hurdles so that you can focus on your recovery. For a free consultation call 1-800-881-2021 today.
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