Sharing the road safely with motorcycles is important to keeping them safe. Many drivers do not know how to share the roadway with motorcycles but adhering to a few safety tips can help them do so. Just as drivers should understand how to safely share the roadway with motorcycles, motorcyclists injured by negligent drivers should be familiar with the legal protections available to them.
Tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe
Here are some tips to keep motorcycle riders safe:
- Take a second look because motorcycles are smaller visual targets, drivers may sometimes miss them if they are not attentive and focused on the roadway and those around them. When a driver causes a motorcycle accident, the majority of the time it is because the driver of the motor vehicle failed to yield the right-of-way to the motorcycle.
- The majority of motorcycle accidents occur at intersections and accidents when the driver of the passenger vehicle is turning in front of the motorcycle are the leading cause of fatal motorcycle accidents. Remaining alert for motorcycles is essential.
- Give motorcyclists their full lane because motorcycles require more time and space to navigate around road debris and other roadway obstructions, drivers of passenger vehicles should never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. Motorcyclists should always be afforded the full lane of traffic they are traveling in.
- Increase traveling distance because motorcycles need more time to respond to changes in roadway, weather and traffic conditions, drivers of passenger vehicles traveling behind a motorcycle should increase their traveling distance.
Motorcycle accident victims can claim compensation
When a driver has failed to exercise due care on the roadway for the safety of motorcycles they are sharing the roadway with, a personal injury claim for damages can help motorcycle accident victims. A claim for damages may be able to help motorcycle accident victims with their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in a motorcycle accident.