Motorcycle accident statistics are harrowing. A motorcycle rider is 35 times as likely to die than someone in a typical car accident, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, thousands of motorcycle deaths occur each year.
As a motorist, you will need to share the roads with motorcyclists. You have the responsibility to remain vigilant to avoid any accidents, which can be catastrophic. Here are some tips for sharing the road with motorcyclists and ensure that accidents do not happen.
Car Lane Change
Many drivers oftentimes simply forget to check all of their blind spots or fail to signal that they are changing lanes. Every time you change lanes, you should carefully check your blind spots and look not only for other passenger vehicles but also for motorcyclists.
In hurried situations, many drivers and passengers will quickly open their car doors. While illegal, many motorcyclists will ride between a lane of traffic with moving cars and a lane of parked cars. This is known as the “Death Zone” because so many motorcyclists suffer injuries and die when an inattentive motorist or passenger opens their car door and causes a motorcyclist to crash.
One of the most typical accidents between a motorcyclist and a passenger vehicle is due to left turns. When a car makes a left turn, they may inadvertently run directly into a motorcycle on their left. These common accidents are called “right of way” accidents and can be avoided if the motorist takes extra care to examine their surroundings before making a left turn.
According to statistics, 50 percent of motorcycle accidents involve speeding. Both motorcyclists and motorists have a responsibility to drive safely on the roadways for their own safety and those around them.
Never text and drive. Distracted driving takes many forms, but texting and driving cause substantially more accidents than other forms of distracted driving. The chances of being in an accident when distracted are exponentially high. Do not take the risk — put your phone down.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
It should go without saying that you should never attempt to drive a vehicle if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This can result in serious injuries or death to not only other motorists, but motorcyclists as well.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you were a motorcyclist who was involved in an accident, you may be facing astronomical medical bills, the inability to work and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Accidents happen, even if you are careful and drive (or ride) safely.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose. We will work on your behalf to ensure that you understand your legal rights and that you receive a fair settlement. Contact our experienced car accident attorneys today at 415-946-8900 or online today.