When a motorcycle accident occurs, the cause of the crash is not often
the motorcyclists, but another motorist instead. In order to help prevent
dangerous motorcycle accidents, it is everyone’s duty to drive responsibly
and safely share the road with motorcycles.
In order to do your part in stopping motorcycle accidents, remember these
Look closely: The average motorcycle is no larger than half the size of even the smallest
sedans, making them easily lost in a clustering of traffic. To spot a
motorcycle, it is sometimes easier to look for their shadows and tires
on the ground next to another vehicle blocking your view. You can also
look for headlights in the dark, and roll down your windows and listen
for the distinct noise of their engines.
Mirrors and shoulders: The blind spots of your vehicle are all the more dangerous to motorcyclists.
Frequently look into all mirrors, and check over your shoulder when it
is safe to do so, even if you are not changing lanes.
Follow behind: Stay true to the five-second rule whenever you are driving behind a motorcyclist.
Due to the lesser weight of a motorcycle, many makes and models can brake
rapidly, coming to a stop sooner than you expect. If you are following
three-seconds behind or less, then you are likely to slam into a motorcyclist
who has to brake in an emergency.
Left-turn caution: Many of the worst motorcycle accidents happen when a driver turns left
through an intersection without properly checking for cross-traffic. Use
extreme caution when you see a motorcycle approaching, as it is difficult
to gauge their speed properly. When in doubt, do not turn and simply wait
for the motorcyclist to move by.
Deliberate movements: A little tap on a motorcycle in motion can be enough to throw off the rider’s
balance and send them into a crash. Make every movement in your vehicle
deliberate to avoid even minor bumps. Telegraph every motion, too, with
the use of turn signals.
If you follow all of these tips, the odds of getting into a motorcycle
accident will greatly decrease. However, all the caution in the world
is sometimes not enough to avoid a crash with a negligent motorist. If
you get hurt in a motorcycle accident, either as the rider or as a driver,
come to Guerra & Farah, PLLC and tell our Houston personal injury
attorneys what happened. We have been representing the wrongfully injured
for years in a variety of complex injury claims — and always for
our “do not pay unless we win” policy.
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