Drivers can help ensure motorcycle safety by following safety tips while on the roadways. When drivers fail to provide for the safety of motorcycle riders and others, victims may have legal remedies to help protect them from the damages the have suffered.
Ways to keep motorcyclists safe
There are a variety of different ways to help keep motorcycle riders safe. One of the best ways is for drivers to always remain alert and focused while driving. Motorcycles are smaller visual targets than other types of vehicles and it is, unfortunately, not uncommon, for drivers of other vehicles to fail to see them. A large majority of motorcycle accidents take place at intersections so it is important for drivers to take a second look for motorcycles when they are approaching and intersection and especially when they are turning left.
In addition, drivers should recognize that motorcycles need more time to adjust and respond to changing road conditions, weather conditions and traffic conditions. As a result, drivers of passenger and other vehicles should increase their following distance when travelling behind a motorcycle. In addition, drivers should never attempt to share a lane with motorcycle riders and should allow them their full lane to travel in.
Help for motorcycle accident victims
The most frequent driver error that leads to car accidents is a failure to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. When drivers are negligent and cause motorcycle accidents, it is important for motorcycle accident victims to remember that they have legal protections available to them when they have been harmed by a negligent driver. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident.