Compared to motor vehicles,
motorcycles are much smaller and more difficult to spot on the road. Due to their
size and lack of protection compared to most
trucks, such as airbags and seat belts, collisions involving motorcycles often
result in severe and fatal injuries. However, there are several things
motorists can do to drive responsibly around motorcycles to avoid a devastating accident.
The following are a few helpful tips to drive safely around motorcycles:
Abide by the four-second rule. Whenever you find yourself behind a motorcyclist, increase your driving
distance and maintain a cushion of space of at least four seconds. This
amount of space will enable you to react to an unexpected situation.
Look before you turn. Nearly half of all two-vehicle, fatal motorcycle crashes were caused
by a motor vehicle attempting to turn left while the motorcycle went straight.
If you notice a motorcycle at an intersection, try to make eye contact
with the motorcyclist before turning in his or her direction.
Be aware of your blind spots. The size of motorcycles makes them much easier to slip into your blind
spot. Always keep your head on a swivel and check your blind spots, especially
before changing lanes.
Be mindful of the weather. Whether it rains or snows, inclement weather is even more hazardous for
motorcyclists than for drivers. Provide a little extra space for riders
during these types of weather conditions.
Be nice. Whenever motorcyclists are around, just be a friend since it is beneficial
to your driving record and your blood pressure.
For more information,
contact our Dunedin personal injury attorney at
Paulsen Law Group today.