Although motorcycles share the road with drivers, they are much more vulnerable to personal injury because they are not surrounding by specially-manufactured, durable shell. Because of this vulnerability, it’s very important for bikers to know how to recognize and avoid dangerous traffic situations that occur every day. Here are a few guidelines for staying safe on the road.
Be Aware of Blind Spots
Cars have blind spots in both side mirrors. Because a motorcycle is smaller and harder to see than a larger vehicle, these blind spots are especially hazardous for bikers. When passing a car, be sure to not linger in their blind spot; either fall back or move in front of them as quickly as possible.
Don’t tailgate cars and don’t let cars tailgate you. While tailgating between any two vehicles is always dangerous, what might end in a simple fender-bender between two cars could be catastrophic for a biker. Be especially careful in rainy or wet conditions, as stopping ability is greatly impaired.
Be Cautious of Road Surfaces
Although moisture or loose gravel on the road can affect motor vehicles of all varieties, they are particularly dangerous conditions for bikers, especially when making a turn or driving in thick traffic. The most dangerous time to ride in the rain is during the first few minutes of rainfall, as water will mix with oil from the road, making it extra slick. Personal injury lawyers often work with bikers that have slipped on gravel or dirt in the road when making a turn or breaking too suddenly.
If you’ve sustained a personal injury in a motorcycle accident, then contact the personal injury attorneys at Shea Law Group right away. We may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injury. For more information, visit us on the web, or give us a call at (773) 365-0040.
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