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Ten Motorcycle Awareness Tips for all Car and Truck Drivers

Motorcycle riders are always aware when cars, trucks and buses are on the road. Bikers know all too well that most other vehicle drivers somehow fail to “see” motorcyclists until it’s too late. However, there are some things motorists should know about bikers that may just help make it easier to share the road and avoid motorcycle accidents.

  1. Another vehicle is involved in more than 50 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes. Typically, the accident is the fault of the car or truck driver. There is a significantly greater number of cars and trucks on the road and it is all too common for drivers to unintentionally “not recognize” a motorcycle.
  2. A motorcycle’s narrow profile means it can easily be hidden in another vehicle’s blind spot. Similarly, a motorcycle can seem to disappear behind other objects, such as bushes and fences. Always take an extra moment to look for motorcycles before changing lanes.
  3. Motorcycles may appear farther away than they actually are, because of their small size. This can also make it difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. Always assume a motorcycle is closer than it appears.
  4. In a car, you can tell when a driver is slowing down by their brake lights. However, motorcycles often downshift, or roll off the throttle, to slow down. If you allow more following distance behind a motorcycle than you would for a car, and generally assume that motorcycles may slow down without visual warning, this can help.
  5. You may notice motorcyclists frequently adjusting position within a lane, and you may think they are being reckless or showing off. However, motorcyclists often do this to be seen more easily or to avoid hazards such as road debris and strong winds.
  6. Don’t assume a motorcycle’s turn signal is intended. Like many cars, motorcycle turn signals usually don’t shut off by themselves. Therefore, it is not uncommon for a rider to forget to turn them off after a lane change. This is especially true for beginners.
  7. During good road conditions, and at slower speeds, motorcycles typically have very good maneuverability. However, it is important to never expect a motorcycle to be able to dodge out of the way.
  8. While stopping distance for a motorcycle is basically the same as for a car, slippery pavement can make quick stops especially difficult. When following a motorcycle, allow more distance in case you, or the motorcycle, has to make a sudden stop.
  9. When you see a motorcycle, try to see more than just the vehicle. Imagine the rider is your mother, child, friend or neighbor.
  10. If a car or truck driver causes a serious accident with a motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian, there is a very good chance someone will lose their life. That’s a horrible notion to have to live with. When driving a vehicle, be aware of all your surroundings, not just other cars and trucks.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact lawyer Andrew Prince for compassionate, tireless representation in your case. He will fight for the compensation you deserve.