You cannot always avoid a motorcycle accident, but it does pay to stay vigilant and aware on the road. Keep your eyes out for high-risk situations, and you might be able to spot an accident waiting to happen. Below are a few risks to be aware of:
1. Drivers who want to turn left
A driver waiting to turn left in the opposite lane is an incredible hazard. Many times, these drivers simply overlook motorcycles since they’re so small, and they turn right in front of them.
2. Drivers who want to turn onto the road
Similarly, drivers on side streets who are waiting to turn may not see a motorcycle or may not realize how fast it is moving. The size is deceptive. They can turn left in front of the bike or turn right and cut it off, leading to a rear-end collision.
3. People exiting parked cars
This is an issue for cyclists, as well. People getting out of their cars may not check or may just overlook smaller vehicles. When they open the door right into the lane, it can lead to a devastating crash.
4. Drivers following too closely
If you ever feel like everyone tailgates, it’s because you’re not that far off. Many people follow far too closely all of the time, leaving themselves no reaction time in a quick-stop situation. If you have a car right behind your bike, you’re in serious danger.
Have any of these situations led to a motorcycle accident that left you with significant injuries? If so, you need to know what legal options you have to seek compensation.