Safety Tips to Help You Avoid a Motorcycle Accident
Automobiles, motorcycles, bikes, trucks — what do they all have in common? They all have to share area roadways throughout Denver and elsewhere in Colorado. Safety is a major concern for anyone traveling on the road, but it is an especially serious issue for motorcyclists. The accidents that take place with motorcyclists often lead to very serious injuries and even death in some instances, mainly due to a lack of protection for the rider.
Nevertheless, your Denver accident attorney will tell you that there are ways to stay as safe as possible when riding a motorcycle. Given the increased interest in motorcycle riding, lawmakers and safety advocates have been searching for ways to keep everyone from bikers to truckers safe on the road. The following information is provided to help everyone stay safe and avoid collisions.
Tips for Motorcyclists
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 70 percent of motorcycle crashes stem from automobile drivers failing to watch for and avoid motorcyclists. That being the case, the Colorado State Patrol offers a few suggestions for riders to help them avoid accidents.
First, even if you don’t think you need one, take a motorcycle education and training class. Whether you’re new to riding or an experienced rider, a course will help you understand the importance of biker safety, as well as proper riding techniques.
Also, motorcyclists are encouraged not to weave in and out of traffic, as it is often difficult for automobile drivers to see motorcycles and ultimately, bikers end up in drivers’ blind spots — which can lead to horrific accidents.
Riders are also advised to avoid driving on the shoulder and make sure to signal whenever you are changing lanes. And a top tip for all drivers and riders is to avoid operating a bike, motorcycle, automobile or any other moving vehicle while under the influence of any drugs and/or alcohol.
Information for Motorists
Some automobile drivers may or may not know the rules when it comes to sharing the road with bikes and motorcycles. While it is more difficult to see a bike or motorcycle as opposed to an automobile, it is still imperative for drivers to keep certain information in mind when driving on the road.
For example, prior to making turns or changing lanes, motorists are advised to especially look out for motorcyclists prior to performing any maneuvers, as they may be in a motorist’s blind spot for a brief period of time.
Also, drivers should make certain to use their turn signals to alert motorcyclists and others on the road of their intention to change lanes or make turns. Motorist is also encouraged to leave enough room between their vehicle and the motorcycle.
Over the last 10 years, motorcycle fatalities have doubled. We at Levine Law want everyone to stay safe and avoid accidents where possible. If you or someone you love has been involved in a crash while on a motorcycle, bike or in an automobile, do not hesitate to call our office for assistance. Let us help you fight for your rights and get the compensation you deserve.