When you are driving a car, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of other drivers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians you are sharing the road with.
Pedestrians and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable, because they have no protection against any impact and even a small collision can cause serious car accident injuries. For this reason, it is extremely important to be extra watchful of motorcyclists on the roadway.
Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Negligence
It is important to note that the largest number of motorcycle accidents is caused by the drivers of larger vehicles they are sharing the road with. Truckers and car drivers should be extra careful to make sure that they do not cause a motorcycle crash. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of the car driver. Listed below are five reminders that can help you remain extra cautious and prevent causing a crash.
Acknowledge the Rights of Motorcyclists
Even though motorcycles are much smaller vehicles, motorcyclists enjoy the same privileges as other drivers. For example, a motorcyclist has the right to use a full lane.
Carefully Spot Motorcycles on the Road
Motorcycles are less visible compared to larger vehicles; make an extra effort to watch out for motorcycles.
Use Turn Signal When Changing Lanes or Merging
When a driver neglects the use of signals, it leaves less room for a motorcyclist to anticipate and respond to the flow of traffic and make any necessary adjustments.
Allow a Safe Distance
As you would do with any other vehicle, maintain a distance of at least 3-4 seconds between your car and the bike. This will give a motorcycle rider enough time to respond.
Be Aware of Blind Spots
A large number of motorcycle accidents is caused because they get caught in the vehicle’s blind spot due to their small size. Before entering or leaving an intersection, check your blind spot carefully for the presence of any motorcycles.
Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries and expensive medical bills. If you have been injured because of another driver’s negligence, contact a St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We have over 15 years experience successfully handling motorcycle accident cases. Call us at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.