How to Safely Share the Road With MotorcyclesTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. March 15, 2019
Avoiding accidents and keeping the roads safe is the responsibility of drivers of all types of vehicles. Drivers of cars, trucks, 18-wheelers, and motorcycles must be aware, not only of what they are doing but what the vehicles around them are doing. Anticipating and properly reacting to the moves of other drivers can save lives and prevent serious accidents. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable on the road because they are less visible and less protected than other drivers. To keep motorcyclists safe on the road it’s important to follow these tips:
Check Your Mirrors and Blind Spots
One of the most common causes of accidents involving motorcycles is a failure by drivers to check their blind spots. It is more difficult to see a motorcycle than it is to see other vehicles. It is important to always triple check your mirrors and blind spots when making turns or changing lanes.
Give Motorcycles Space
When you come up on a motorcycle, give them room to drive safely. Treat motorcycles like other vehicles and don’t follow too closely. Many motorcycles come to a rolling stop,and you may not see their brake lights, so it’s important to be aware of their movements. Although it is illegal in Florida, be aware of lane splitting. The motorcycle behind you may make a sudden move and go between your vehicle and the vehicle next to you.
Be Careful When Passing
Avoid cutting off motorcycles when passing. If you pull in front of a motorcycle without leaving enough space, you can cause the rider to over brake resulting in a slide or a fall. In addition, don’t attempt to share a lane with a motorcycle when passing. Give them full use of the entire width of the lane.
Don’t Drive Distracted
Using a phone, texting, or fiddling with your navigation system can take your attention off the road. This is especially dangerous when faced with the low visibility of motorcyclists. Turn off the distractions and keep your focus on the road.
Contact a Trusted Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need the help of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been trusted to help the injured for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-855-293-5630 to set up your free consultation today.