This blog recently discussed a serious motorcycle injury that occurred in the Charleston area. There are ways that drivers can share the road safely with motorcycle riders and help prevent motorcycle accidents from happening. So, what are the ways to help keep motorcyclists safe?
Share the roadway
Drivers need to make sure to share the roadway with motorcycles which means never trying to share a lane of traffic with them and giving them plenty of space to navigate the roadway. Motorcycle riders need their complete lane of traffic to travel in and also require more time to respond to roadway changes.
Increase following distance
Drivers should increase their following distance behind motorcycles to give them the time they need to negotiate the roadway. Motorcycles require more time to respond to changes in traffic, roadway and weather conditions.
Remain alert and scan the roadway for motorcycles
The majority of motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. The top driver error that causes motorcycle accidents when the driver is to blame is a failure to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. Motorcycles can be smaller visual targets which is why drivers must ensure they remain focused and alert for them, especially at intersections and when making a left-hand turn.
Motorcycle accidents can result in grave injuries and significant damages for motorcycle accident victims. A personal injury claim can help victims of motorcycle accidents recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages from the negligent driver responsible for the harm they have suffered which can include help for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.