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Motorcycle safety strategies for riding in traffic

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation and recreation in Louisiana. With warmer weather fast approaching, many bikers here will be itching to hit the road. However, riding in traffic can feel like a nightmare. Statistically, riding in heavy traffic is one of the most dangerous things motorcyclists can do. Here are a few ways motorcyclists can stay safe while riding among traffic. 

Stay aware of surroundings 

Don’t expect other drivers on the road to be looking out for motorcycles. Riders should always drive defensively as if other drivers don’t see them. Always remain aware of surroundings and leave plenty of space between the other vehicles on the road. 

Use lanes wisely 

A lane on the highway is about three times the width of a motorcycle. Use the lane-width wisely, Riders can either ride in the middle of the lane, or to the left or right. When riding alongside other vehicles, ride on the opposite side of the lane. 

Take a safety course 

For both new and experienced motorcyclists, it is of the utmost importance to know how to handle a motorcycle properly and safely in traffic. One of the best ways to learn this is by taking a safety course. Riders of all skill levels may want to consider signing up for a local course to improve their safety strategies when they’re out on the road. 

Remember, it’s always better to be proactive than reactive when it comes to safety. Motorcyclists are completely exposed, so motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles always have a higher chance of being serious or fatal. Those in Louisiana who suffer injuries or loss in motorcycle accidents caused by the negligence of another party have options available to help them. By contacting an experienced attorney and filing a lawsuit, victims or surviving family members could obtain much needed and rightful compensation.