Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcycles
Motorcycles, cars, trucks and all other types of vehicles need to share the road responsibly. While motorcycle riders often have to deal with a reputation for reckless driving, motorists in passenger vehicles are in fact frequently the cause of car vs. motorcycle accidents. As a driver, you can prevent getting in accidents with motorcycles by following ridesmartflorida.com’s safety tips for motorists:
- Expect that there are motorcycles on the roadway. Anticipating their presence is a good way to avoid being surprised.
- Provide the motorcycle with the full width of the lane. Even though they don’t take up the whole lane, they have a right to it. If you’re passing a motorcycle, don’t try to share their lane. Doing so is dangerous and they probably won’t be expecting it.
- Check your blind spots when you change lanes. It’s a fact: motorcycles can be hard to spot. They can easily be out of view in your blind spot. Check over your shoulder to make sure it’s clear.
- Double check before you turn. At intersections, stop signs and especially when making a left turn across oncoming traffic, make sure to double check for motorcycles.
- Provide motorcycles with proper following distance. Just like with other vehicles, tailgating a motorcycle can be dangerous. Allow a four-second following distance.
- Don’t drive distracted. Using a phone, texting and looking away from the roadway can lead to a severe accident. Distracted driving is a major source of accidents these days.
Contact The Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo Today
By exercising proper care and being attentive drivers, we can all do our part to prevent motorcycle accidents and the devastating injuries they cause.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in the state of Florida, please contact the injury lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo for a free case evaluation, or call (561) 375-9500 to learn more about our experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorneys.