Common Mistakes Drivers Make Around Motorcycles
Statistics suggest that drivers of other vehicles are often responsible for motorcycle accidents. Here are some common mistakes drivers make around motorcycles that lead to collisions.
Not Checking Blind Spots
Motorcycles are much smaller than passenger vehicles and can easily get lost in blind spots. Before changing lanes or making turns, drivers often forget to check all their mirrors and physically turn their heads to check for any motorcycles in their blind spots.
Following Too Closely
Motorcycles can stop much faster than cars, so it is important for drivers to leave enough distance between them, so they do not rear-end a motorcyclist. These accidents often happen at red lights, stop signs or railroad gates. Following too closely can also cause wind turbulence that can destabilize the motorcycle, causing them to lose control.
Turning in Front of Motorcycles
These collisions often happen when a driver fails to see a motorcycle, misjudges its speed or distance, and turns left or right across the motorcyclist’s path. Drivers must wait and make sure there is enough time and space to complete a turn safely.
Failing to Yield the Right of Way
Another common mistake drivers make is failing to yield the right of way to motorcyclists. However, motorcycles have the same rights on the road as cars. Therefore, drivers must yield to them when appropriate. For example, if there is a stop sign on all four corners of an intersection, the first vehicle to arrive has the right of way, including motorcycles. If multiple vehicles arrive simultaneously, the vehicle or motorcycle to the right has the right of way.
Not Using Turn Signals
Using turn signals is essential for letting motorcyclists know a driver’s intentions on the road. When a driver fails to signal a lane change or turn, it makes it extremely difficult for a motorcyclist to anticipate a driver’s movements and respond appropriately.
When drivers exceed the speed limit, they have less time to react to unexpected situations, and their stopping distance increases, which can increase the risk of collision with a motorcycle.
Failing to Account for Weather Conditions
Rain, wind, fog, snow, and other weather conditions can make the roads more dangerous for all drivers. If they fail to adjust their speed and following distance, it can make them more vulnerable to losing control of their vehicles and crashing into a motorcycle.
Passing Too Closely
Motorcycles are smaller and more maneuverable than other vehicles. However, they are also less stable and can be more easily affected by wind from passing vehicles. Therefore, drivers should leave plenty of space when passing a motorcycle. If they pass too closely it can create turbulence that can increase the risk of a motorcyclist swerving and losing control.
By understanding these common mistakes, drivers can help keep motorcyclists safe on the road. Additionally, it is critical to remain extra vigilant, use turn signals, check blind spots, be patient, and treat motorcyclists with the same respect and courtesy you would show to other drivers on the road.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another driver, ensure you receive the justice you deserve. Contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer today.