Every year, some 88,000 motorcyclists are injured on American roads. Given the fact that motorcycles don't have the same protective barriers as cars or trucks, many motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries. Preventing motorcycle accidents should be a priority for anyone getting behind the wheel of a car or on the seat of a motorcycle; below are three ways to work toward that goal.
3 Ways to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents
1. Be Vigilant
There is a popular phrase among the motorcycling community: See motorcycles. This simple, straightforward rule of thumb highlights the importance of being vigilant at all times for motorcyclists. Every time you put your key in the ignition, make it a habit to look for motorcycles, bearing in mind that bikes follow some different rules than cars. In some states, they may pass between vehicles (known as lane-splitting), so whenever you're getting ready to make a lane-change, look over your shoulder for motorcycles.
2. Take Left Turns Carefully
The most common type of motorcycle accident is when a car turns left in front of a motorcyclist. This is largely caused by the car driver being unable to accurately judge how far away the cyclist is, so they attempt the turn thinking there is enough distance between themselves and the motorcycle. To avoid this, car or truck drivers should be alert to motorcycles, and if they're unsure of the distance, give the cyclist the right of way. For motorcycle operators, keep your distance and slow down at intersections, preparing to stop if necessary.
3. Leave Room
While a tap on the bumper is considered by most drivers to be a fender-bender, a tap on the back of a motorcycle could be deadly. Drivers should leave plenty of room behind their cars and the motorcycles in front of them. Cyclists should always be on the lookout for stopped cars ahead and brake early.
The accident and personal injury attorneys at Nagle & Associates, PA in Winston-Salem, North Carolina have more than 20 years' experience serving clients throughout the state. Call (336) 723-4500 or visit them online to schedule a consultation regarding your motorcycle accident. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on relevant news and information. Let a skilled motorcycle and car accident lawyer work to get you the compensation you need to move forward with your life.