Motorcycle season is upon us please be mindful of the bikers on the roads. When you hear them stay where you are and they will move around you. Every year many bikers are killed some as a result of their own error, some accidental, but many because drivers fail to see them. Unfortunately, accidents like these happen too frequently. When an accident is not your fault, there isn’t much you can do. But there are simple ways where you can lessen the chance of any incident and help keep you safe on the roads, even if it includes looking into the 7 Best Motorcycle Helmets around right now. The helmet is an essential item for any biker, so this should be the first item you consider purchasing, maybe even before you’ve got your bike. This way, you’re ensuring your safety even before you’re on the road.
My sweetie is a rider and last year he attended quite a few memorial rides for a fellow motorcyclist who went down and well… never came home. I must keep my biker safe, this one is ALL ME!
Tips for Motorists: Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles
1. Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the motorist, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don’t “recognize” a motorcycle – they ignore it (usually unintentionally).
2. Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.
3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
4. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.
5. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.
6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle’s signal is for real.
7. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle’s better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don’t expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.
8. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can’t always stop “on a dime.”
9. When a motorcycle is in motion, see more than the motorcycle – see the person under the helmet, who could be your friend, neighbor, or relative.
10. If a driver crashes into a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian and causes serious injury, the driver would likely never forgive himself/herself. If you find yourself in an accident that has caused yourself to be injured, then it might be a good idea to get a lawyer involved to help claim compensation. If you find yourself in this sort of situation then you might want to take a look at someone like these Motorcycle accident lawyers in Sacramento to give you a better idea of how a lawyer might be able to help you.
– Courtesy of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
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