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Safety tips for sharing the road with motorcycles

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2023 | Car Crashes

Motorcyclists face an incredible amount of danger on the road. When other drivers make mistakes, motorcyclists have very little protection. Some studies claim that an average of one individual dies in these accidents every single day in Texas. Many more suffer from severe injuries.

Because the majority of fatal motorcycle crashes involve other vehicles, it’s important for people to understand how to share the road with motorcycles in order to avoid preventable harm.

Watch out for left turns

Left-turn accidents are some of the most common crashes that motorcyclists are involved in. This type of collision often happens because drivers turn when they do not actually have enough space to make that turn safely. It is always better to wait a few extra seconds so that a waiting motorcycle can go by, and then to turn behind that bike.

Check your blind spots

When driving on the interstate, it’s not always enough just to look at your mirrors on occasion. Double-check them frequently and turn your head to look in your blind spots, as well. Motorcycles are small, so they are easily hidden. Drivers should also use turn signals every time they switch lanes so that a motorcyclist that may be caught in a blind spot knows that the maneuver is coming.

Do not get distracted

A major reason for motorcycle accidents is simply that drivers get distracted. Again, the size of a motorcycle works against them. When a driver’s attention has been pulled away by a smartphone or other device, they may not see a motorcycle until it is too late.

Keep a safe following distance

Rear-end accidents can be devastating for motorcyclists. Bikes are much more maneuverable than cars, but riders often cannot avoid a driver who strikes them from behind. A minimum following distance should always be three seconds, but more may be wise, especially in conditions like rain or fog.

What options do motorcyclists have?

These safety tips can certainly help to reduce the amount of accidents that happen every day in Texas. But many motorcyclists are still going to be injured due to negligent drivers because not everyone is going to treat road safety as a priority. In the event of a crash, motorcycle riders need to know exactly what legal options they have to seek financial compensation and speaking with an attorney can provide that clarity.