It is important for everyone on the roadway to do their part to help keep motorcycle riders safe. Several important tips can help drivers ensure they keep motorcycle riders as safe as possible.
First of all, drivers should ensure they remain vigilant, alert and attentive while driving and continuously scan the roadway for motorcycle riders. This is especially true at intersections where the majority of motorcycle accidents take place. Vehicles turning in front of motorcycles is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Drivers of motorcycle vehicles should ensure they double check for motorcycles when turning left and make sure they do not violate the motorcycle rider’s right of way.
Additionally, motorcyclists need more time to respond to changing road conditions. As a result, drivers of motor vehicles should increase their following distance and never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. This will allow motorcycle riders to have the time and space needed to quickly respond to changes in the roadway, weather or traffic. Motorcycles can be uniquely vulnerable on the roadways which is why it is important to help keep them safe.
Important protections are also in place to help motorcyclists who have been injured by a negligent driver. A personal injury claim for damages can help motorcycle accident victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, which is why they need to be familiar with the remedies available to them when harmed by a careless and negligent driver.