As the sun starts to show itself more regularly and the temperatures rise, motorcycles fill the roads. The danger of motorcycles is easy to see when you take into account the lack of protection for the riders. However, there are simple steps every driver can take in order to prevent accidents involving motorcycles.
Passenger vehicles should take extra caution to prevent causing accidents with motorcyclists, such as:
- Allow greater following distance
- Look twice before merging or entering new roadways
- Dim your headlights
- Use your turn signals
- Never try to share a lane
- Be aware of blind spots
Because motorcycles have a smaller profile they may be overlooked, especially if they’re positioned in one of your vehicle’s blind spots. The exterior of many passenger vehicles is nearly 40% blind spots which presents extra risk for motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists should also practice due diligence when it comes to safety.
- Avoid riding in poor weather conditions
- Avoid driver’s blind spots
- Use turn signals for every turn or lane change
- Check your bike before every ride
- Wear a helmet
Nearly 75% of motorcycle accidents involve collision with another vehicle but following these tips can ensure that number decreases. It all comes down to two very simple tasks, stay aware and drive with care.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today if you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any other loss associated with the accident.