Blindspot Awareness and Motorcycle SafetyTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. April 26, 2019
Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, especially if the driver of a vehicle can’t see you. Drivers of any type of vehicle have a responsibility to be aware of their blind spots at all times. When another vehicle or a motorcycle enters the blind spot, a driver is unable to see them in either the side view or rearview mirrors. Because of its smaller profile, a motorcycle is even more difficult to see in a blind spot.
What is a Blind Spot?
A blind spot is an area of the road that cannot be seen by a driver looking through the front windshield, side view mirrors, or rearview mirrors. All vehicles have blind spots to the side and rear to the left and right.
Checking blind spots for other vehicles is the responsibility of all drivers. Many motorcycle accidents are the result of drivers not seeing a motorcycle and hitting them. If drivers only use their mirrors when changing lanes, they are not driving safely.
Tips for Drivers
As a driver, it is important to be aware of your blind spots at all times. Here are some steps you can take to stay safe:
- Adjust your rearview mirror so you can see the entire rear window of your vehicle from the passenger seat.
- To properly adjust the driver’s side view mirror, place your head against the window and adjust the mirror to where you can barely see the side of your car.
- To properly adjust the passenger’s side view mirror, place your head above the center console and adjust the mirror so you can barely see the side of your car.
- Always turn and check your blind spot before turning, changing lanes, and backing up.
Tips for Motorcyclists
While there’s not much a motorcyclist can do if a driver fails to check behind them, there are steps that can be taken to avoid being in someone’s blind spot.
- Be aware of where a vehicle’s blind spot may be. Keep in mind that the larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spot. This is especially true for large commercial trucks.
- If you can’t see the driver in their side view mirror, then the driver can’t see you
- Do not travel beside another vehicle as that is often where the blind spot is. Stay slightly ahead or slightly behind to remain visible.
Contact a Tampa Bay Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, the claims process can be complicated. You may want an experienced motorcycle accident attorney on your side. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping people injured in motorcycle accidents. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 today to set up your free consultation.