Now that the weather is warmer, motorcycles are everywhere. Motorcycles provide riders with a sense of freedom and adventure, but they can also be dangerous. Motorcyclists are especially prone to serious injuries if they are involved in an accident as they do not have the protection and safety features afforded by a car. According to the National Safety Council, in 2017, 5,172 motorcycle riders and passengers died in accidents. Many accidents involving bikes are the result of negligence by the driver of another vehicle. Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a great opportunity for drivers to brush up on tips for safely sharing the road with motorcycles.
Check Your Blind Spots
While most vehicles on the road are not motorcycles, it is still important to be aware of them. Motorcycles are not as visible as other vehicles, and the shape and size of the rider and bike can blend into the background. It is essential to check carefully before making lane changes or turns.
Stay in Your Lane
Remember that motorcycles are entitled to an entire lane of traffic. Don’t try to share a lane. No matter how much room there appears to be in the lane, sharing a single lane with a motorcycle is illegal and very dangerous.
Don’t Follow Too Closely
Leave plenty of stopping room. Bikes tend to respond more quickly to braking maneuvers and can stop more quickly than a car. Make sure you pay attention to brake lights and stay at least three car lengths behind. Rear-ending a motorcycle can be fatal to the rider.
Be Cautious of Motorcycle Turn Signals
Turn signals on most motorcycles are manual, meaning they don’t automatically shut off when a turn has been completed. To avoid an accident, exercise caution if you notice a bike with its turn signal on.
Be Careful Passing
When changing lanes and passing near a motorcycle, be sure to use your turn signal. Allow for an extra amount of space behind you before moving in front of the bike.
Motorcycles deserve just as much respect on the road as other vehicles. Play it safe and be aware that riders often have to make more adjustments to things like gravel and potholes on the road.
Contact a Trusted Attorney
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should consult with an experienced and trusted personal injury attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.