Motorcyclists face many hazards on the road from poor weather conditions to dangerous road hazards. However, one of the most dangerous things a motorcyclist faces is another driver. Other drivers post a significant threat to riders because some individuals simply do not consider motorcyclists when they are driving. Therefore, other drivers can cause serious and life-altering accidents for motorcyclists. Are you guilty of these two mistakes that can increase the risk of a motorcycle accident when you are driving?
Mistake Number One: Not Allowing Sufficient Space
Motorcyclists need to adapt quickly to changing road conditions and traffic conditions. Even though the vehicle is small, it does not mean a motorcycle does not need the same space as any other vehicle. If you are driving too close to a motorcycle that needs to adjust to uneven surfaces, a pothole, crack in the pavement, or other dangerous condition, you can increase the risk of an accident for yourself and the motorcyclist.
Mistake Number Two: Failing to Keep a Close Lookout
One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is other drivers failing to yield the right of way or rear-ending a cyclist because the driver is distracted. Because of the small size of a motorcycle, some drivers misjudge the distance between their vehicle and the motorcycle or they simply do not notice the motorcycle because they are not paying enough attention to the road and driving. As a driver, it is your responsibility to always pay attention to the road, including looking for motorcycles.
Motorcyclists Suffer Traumatic Injuries
Because of the lack of protection offered by a motorcycle, a rider can suffer traumatic and life-threatening injuries. Common injuries a rider can suffer in a crash include traumatic brain injury (TBI), head injuries, broken bones, road rash, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, and amputations. Depending on the severity and type of injury, a rider may never fully recover from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Therefore, as a motorcyclist, you should take precautions to protect yourself when you are riding. While you cannot control road conditions or other motorists, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of severe injury.
- Always wear a motorcycle helmet! Regardless of the law, you need to protect your head in the event of a crash. Helmets can reduce the risk of brain injury and death in a motorcycle crash.
- Wear protective gear. In addition to a helmet, wear protective gloves, clothing, and shoes. The correct clothing can reduce the risk of road rash and other injuries.
- Always remain alert. Reduce distractions while riding. Being alert can give you the extra seconds you need to avoid a collision or crash.
- Never ride after drinking or when you are impaired by drugs, including prescription medications.
- When riding in poor weather conditions, slow down and take extra steps to avoid losing control of your motorcycle.
- Always obey all traffic laws and be extra cautious when riding in an unfamiliar area.
Call an Erie Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Help
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an aggressive attorney who understands the unique issues faced by motorcyclists, including the unfounded prejudices and misconceptions that can impact an accident claim. Contact The Travis Law Firm by calling (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our Erie motorcycle accident attorneys.