Sharing the Road Safely with Motorcycles
We share our roads with all kinds of other vehicles, and these include motorcycles. In fact, Texas is a great state for riding. Motorcyclists accept the heightened risk they face when they head out on their bikes, but this does not mean that they are responsible for shouldering the burden of other drivers’ negligence (or worse). Every motorist is responsible for sharing the roadway safely with everyone else who is on it, and this includes motorcyclists. Fortunately, there are some things we can all do to help motorcyclists stay safer out there.
One of the most important things that you can do when it comes to motorcycle safety is allowing motorcycles on the road as much room as you possibly can. If a problem or danger does arise, this space allows you the opportunity to react safely. Further, when you crowd a motorcyclist, it can increase his or her concerns regarding personal safety and can cause him or her to react out of fear, which can increase the associated danger. Keep the following in mind:
Never follow a motorcycle closer than the full length of a car (and leave considerably more space when traveling at higher speeds).
Allow every motorcyclist his or her own full lane on the road (do not budge into their lanes).
When passing a motorcyclist, allow at least four seconds of travel before pulling back into his or her lane. Cutting too closely in front of a motorcycle can lead to a life-threatening rear-end accident.
Take Another Look
Motorcycles take up less space on the road, which makes them more difficult to see. When you are changing lanes – or leaving your lane for any reason – always look twice for motorcycles in your midst. Further, left-hand turn accidents (in intersections) are especially common and dangerous for motorcyclists. If you are making a left turn, make sure that it is legal for you to do so and also look twice for any oncoming motorcycles. Because of their size, motorcycles are both more difficult to see approaching and are more difficult to accurately assess the speed of. When it comes to motorcycles in intersections, always err on the side of caution.
Show Some Respect
Many motorists have a skewed view of motorcyclists on our roadways that seems to lump all of them into a daredevil or reckless driver classification. Although this is far from the truth, it can lead to taking an aggressive stance toward motorcyclists, which is exceptionally dangerous. When motorists exhibit aggressive behaviors, they endanger everyone on the road, but motorcyclists tend to be the most vulnerable of all.
Do Not Wait to Consult with an Experienced Killeen Personal Injury Lawyer
If a driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a motorcycle accident, Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard – proudly serving Killeen, Texas – is a practiced motorcycle accident attorney who is committed to zealously advocating for a case resolution that supports your rights and best interests. Your case is important, so please contact or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.