If you are a biker who has been involved in a motorcycle accident, then it may be time to consult a motorcycle accident lawyer, such as Bob Karney. Safety is very important and if all road users were aware of these few simple points below, then the number of motorcycle accidents would be reduced.
Compared to the number of vehicles on the road, motorcycles make up less than one percent of the commuters. The number of motorcycles on the road increases during the summer and good weather days, as seasonal bikers take the opportunity to ride or plan a road trip, to most motorists this increase is not noticeable.
Unfortunately, ‘noticeable’ is not always a factor when it comes to motorcycle recognition. Over half of the fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle, and more often than not the primary fault lies with the four-wheeled driver. This is not to say that bikers are always blameless, but there are a few things that all drivers should be aware of to reduce the number of traffic incidents involving motorcycles.
When a driver looks in their mirror, they should not just assume they are looking for wide and tall vehicles that fill the whole lane. There are smaller road users out there, and when a driver looks behind it is worthwhile looking again, from every possible angle, before they maneuver. At first glance, a motorcycle can be hidden in a blind spot, either inside the vehicle (door and roof pillars are the main culprits) or outside (vegetation, bridges or other vehicles) — the same can actually be true of cars too, so a second look is well worthwhile.
Motorcycles behave somewhat differently from other road users and these characteristics should be noted by all drivers to reduce problems. Because they are smaller, motorcycles can seem like they are further away than is true, or going slower (or accelerating less) than is the case. When a driver notices a motorcycle, they should assume that more space and warning is required than it may seem — it is always better to be safe than sorry, and do not assume that just because a motorcycle is more maneuverable than a car that the rider can stop or swerve in time, especially in wet weather.
One thing that can irk a four-wheeled driver is the habit of bikes adjusting position within lanes, seemingly to hog the center-line. There can be valid reasons for these actions, such as the rider attempting to stay out of people’s blind spots and increase their own visibility (and safety), or avoid debris or dangerous turbulence.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Karney Law Firm by calling 1-877-376-7982 toll free in NC or 704-376-7982, representing injured bikers for more than 30 years.