Share the Road

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Share the Road

May is Motorcycle Awareness month and here at Karney Law Firm, we believe that safety is a mutual responsibility shared by all users of the road to prevent motorcycle crashes. We remind motorists and motorcyclists alike to “share the road” conscientiously and courteously to help prevent motorcycle crashes which remain one of the most prevalent causes of death and injury on NC roads.


The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following safety tips for drivers and motorcyclists…



Tips for Drivers:

  • Remember, a motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle.  The person under that helmet could be a mother, brother, doctor, or friend
  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane
  • Perform a regular visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed
  • Allow more following distance – three or four sec­onds – when behind a motorcycle to give the motorcyclist time to maneuver around obstacles in the roadway, or stop in an emergency
  • Never ride distracted

Tips for Motorcyclists:

  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet
  • Use turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it
  • Signal intentions by combining hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to yourself
  • Wear brightly colored protective gear, and using reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity
  • Position yourself in the lane where they will be most visible to other drivers
  • Never ride while impaired


Unfortunately, North Carolina motorcycle accidents can occur anytime. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact Karney Law Firm, a Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyer. Representing injured bikers for more than 30 years. 704-376-7982 or toll free 877-376-7982 

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