Sometimes, motorcyclists get a bad reputation while driving on the road. However, it is the responsibility of both motorcycle and car drivers to maintain safe practices while driving on the road. Although this can be tricky at times, a few tips may help make it easier for both of these drivers to share the road in a safe manner:
Understand that, as a car driver, motorcyclists have just as much of a right to be on the road as you. Maintain a respectful distance and do not crowd them while driving.
Double and triple check around you before merging lanes. Taking those few extra seconds can help prevent an accident and may show a motorcyclist that was previously in your blind spot.
For motorcyclists, see if you are able to visualize the mirrors of the nearby car. If you can't see the driver in their mirror, they probably can't see you.
Be on the lookout for motorcyclists in periods of bad weather and at night. They are especially hard to see during these time periods. If you do see one, give them a wide berth and remember to turn off your high beams so you do not blind them.
Unfortunately, not only do cars frequently hit motorcycles, but tour bus and commercial truck drivers are a significant cause of accidents as well, especially on our state's highways. Often, these commercial drivers are fatigued and are driving above the mandated allotment of hours. Additionally, many of them are driving large vehicles that are not up to federal and state safety standards. As a result, other vehicles and motorcycle riders often bear the brunt of their illegal activity and are often seriously injured or die from a collision with the tour bus or commercial truck.
In addition, wearing a helmet is a common safety procedure that this law office feels should be followed at all times to protect yourself, whether you are on a bicycle or a motorcycle. However, we recognize that, at this time, mandatory helmet laws for those over 21 are not yet in effect in all areas of the country. We also strongly feel that motorcyclists, cars, and bicyclists should share the road in a responsible and respectful manner. If you are a motorcyclist who has been wrongfully injured in a motor vehicle accident and may suffer from a spinal cord, brain, or other serious injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100 for a consultation at no cost to you.