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How drivers can help keep motorcyclists safe on the roadways

| May 18, 2020 | motorcycle accidents

Looking out for the safety of motorcycle riders is the responsibility of every driver on the roadway. Drivers who fail to exercise care for motorcyclists they share the roadway with may be liable to compensate motorcycle accident victims for the damages suffered in a motorcycle accident.

Motorcycles have some unique characteristics on the roadways, including that they may be more vulnerable to the carelessness of other drivers. They may also be more difficult to spot on the roadway because they are smaller visual targets ordinarily which is why drivers need to remain alert and pay attention for them. Drivers should never drive distracted in general to help keep motorcycle riders and everyone on the roadways safe.

Drivers should make sure that they share the road safely with motorcycle riders. This includes a number of different things. Drivers should always allow motorcycles the complete lane of traffic to travel in. Motorcycles also need more time to adjust to abrupt changes in the roadway or unexpected changes in weather or traffic conditions. As a result, drivers driving near and around motorcycles should increase their following distance to allow motorcycles the time they need to respond.

Lastly, the primary cause of motorcycle accidents when caused by drivers of passenger vehicles is that the passenger vehicle violated the motorcycle’s right of way and caused the accident. This can be especially true in left-hand turn situations. Drivers need to continually scan the roadway for motorcycles to help ensure their safety. When a negligent driver has caused a motorcycle accident, it is important for motorcycle accident victims to be familiar with the legal resources and remedies available to them which can help them recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages from a negligent driver.