Ways to Protect Yourself as a Motorcyclist When Drivers Won't Share the Road

Millions of individuals have enjoyed riding motorcycles for decades as both a freeing form of recreation and an efficient method of transportation. While its benefits are undeniable, riding a motorcycle can be a dangerous pastime – especially when other drivers should fail to exercise the necessary caution and share the road. Fortunately, there are several things that riders can do to keep themselves safe on the roads and reduce their chances of being involved in a collision.

  1. Wear full protective gear: Possibly the most important thing you can do to stay safe starts before you even get on your bike in the first place. Wearing a strong abrasion-resistant jacket, boots, full fingered gloves, goggles, and a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT) can help to protect your body from serious injury in the event of a collision and vastly improve your chances of surviving a crash.
  2. Do all you can to stay visible: A considerable number of motorcyclists are hit by other drivers simply because they could not see them. Wearing bright clothing, using your high beams when necessary, and staying out of other cars’ blind spots can all help to minimize this risk.
  3. Lane split only when necessary: The practice of “lane splitting” or riding between lanes, is tolerated in most states though it is not expressly permitted. If you choose to lane split, only do so when absolutely necessary. Always look before passing any vehicle, and do not share a lane longer than you have to.
  4. Follow all traffic rules: Obeying all traffic laws is critical. Obey speed limits, right of way rules, and use your turn signals. Not only can this help to keep you safe, but it can also help to protect you from liability in the event of a collision.
  5. Know your bike: Appreciating your bike’s power, its quirks, and its handling capabilities can be crucial to helping you be able to evade road hazards in the event of an emergency. It is recommended you make an effort to get familiar with your bike and take motorcycle safety courses prior to taking it on any long road trips.
  6. Watch for cars turning in front of you: One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is due to cars turning in front of bikers, causing them to slam into their rear or side. To avoid this, keep an eye on other vehicles’ tires and see which way they may be heading. When in doubt, slow down and keep your distance.

Unfortunately, nobody can ever truly prepare for the actions of another driver. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident causes by another motorist’s negligence, I, Salisbury personal injury attorney William R. Hall can represent your interests and provide the results-driven legal representation you need to help you pursue every penny’s worth of your entitled compensation. With more than 20 years of proven legal experience, I have what it takes to help you secure the financial recovery you need to get back on your feet.

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