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How to share the road safely with a motorcyclist

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2021 | Car accidents

The roads can be hazardous at the best of times. However, when motorcycles are added to the equation, other drivers often get very nervous about safety.

Motorcyclists are not afforded the same physical protection as their counterparts in four-wheeled vehicles, so a crash can be devastating. Outlined below are five tips drivers can use to increase everybody’s safety out there on the roads:

1. Pay extra attention

After an accident, drivers will often claim that they simply did not see the motorcyclist. As a result, it is important to be on the lookout for motorcyclists. If a rider is within your periphery, remember that they are a fellow human who may not be as well protected on the road as you are. 

2. Maintain a safe distance

Frequently, motorcyclists will opt to slow down by changing through the gears rather than braking. If the brakes are not engaged, then brake lights will not be on display. Maintaining a safe space between you and the motorcycle could go a long way in preventing a collision. 

3. Keep distractions to a minimum

It can be tempting to check for messages on your phone or adjust the radio channel while driving. However, one momentary lapse in concentration is all it takes to cause an accident. Therefore, it is important to try and keep distractions to a minimum. 

4. Be wary of depth-perception problems

Motorcycles can be narrow in appearance. This can often result in the illusion that they are further away from a vehicle than they really are. It is good practice to assume that a motorcycle is closer than it may appear.

5. Know your blind spots

Motorcycles are even more susceptible to being caught in another vehicle’s blind spots. They may be hiding in plain sight. Consequently, it is vital to take extra time and care to look out for motorcycles before turning, changing lanes, or performing any other sudden maneuvers. Knowing the blind spots on your vehicle is especially important.

Despite your best efforts, you may still end up in a wreck — maybe with another vehicle whose driver isn’t watching out for motorcyclists the way you are. If you are injured, find out more about your legal options for recovery.