According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly five thousand motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2015 alone. More and more often, we see motorcyclists on the roadway. These unique vehicles are a smart way to save on gas money and efficiently travel throughout the state of Florida.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep an eye on motorcycles when driving a traditional passenger vehicle. There are, however, some steps you can take to make visibility easier.
Always Check Your Blind Spots
One of the first things we are taught as new drivers is to check our blind spots. Mirrors can only cover so much ground, even when we have three of them at our disposal at all times.
Checking your blind spot is as simple as turning your head and looking out the window. But, when you drive a small passenger vehicle, you may not have much of a blind spot. In these instances, it can become habit to simply trust your mirrors.
But this is a mistake, and motorcyclists are the reason why. Even in a sedan, motorcycles can enter a blind spot. To avoid causing an accident, always check your blind spot when changing lanes.
Provide an Entire Lane
Even though the law clearly states that motorcyclists should be allowed an entire lane of traffic, many drivers assume that a smaller vehicle means less required space.
Many accidents are caused when drivers attempt to pass a motorcycle using a single lane. This underestimation of space can lead to fatal accidents — and it will always be the automobile driver’s fault.
Consider Turn Signals Carefully
Motorcycles are required to have visible turn signals. However, these signals can be difficult to spot — especially during the daytime. Leave extra space between yourself and a motorcycle in front of you, and check carefully for signs of turning.
You should also be on the lookout for turn signals that do not automatically cancel like those in cars. A motorcyclist may simply have forgotten to turn off their signal, which requires even more caution on the part of other drivers.
Check Intersections Twice
A significant amount of motorcycle accidents are caused when a vehicle is turning left at an intersection and fails to check for a motorcycle. At all intersections, you should be highly aware of your surroundings and positive of a clear path forward before making a move.
Understand The Risks
A motorcyclist is far more likely to be injured in an automobile accident than the driver of a passenger vehicle. Even when wearing a helmet, motorcyclists are far more susceptible to the elements. They can be easily thrown from their vehicle, skidded across the roadway, or caused permanent injury.
This is important to understand as the driver of an automobile, as their life is often in your hands.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Assistance
Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver? The time has come to collect the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced Daytona Beach motorcycle accident lawyer at Zimmet & Zimmet by calling 386-255-6400.