3 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT A MOTORCYCLE
If you cause a motorcycle accident then chances are the person operating the motorcycle could be seriously injured or may even died. The emotional, financial and legal complications that could result from your causing a motorcycle accident could be staggering.
1. Most fatal motorcycle crashes are caused by another driverMore than half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve another motor vehicle. In these fatal motorcycle accidents, most of the time, this accident is the cause of another driver and not because of the motorcyclist. Because of the fact that there are a lot more cars and trucks on our roadways than there are motorcycles, many drivers do not see or recognize a motorcycle until it is too late. It is important that people drive defensively and are always on the lookout for other drivers and motorcycle operators.
2. Motorcycles are more difficult to see and are often overlookedBecause of a motorcycle's smaller size and narrow profile, a motorcycle may be hidden behind another car or truck, can be located in a driver's blind spot, may not be easily visible when coming off a side street or highway exit and may be blocked by objects or other motor vehicles. A motorcycle might also look farther away than it actually is because it is difficult to judge the speed at which a motorcycle operator is proceeding. Additionally, a motorcycle is much easier to maneuver and as such are able to quickly move in and out of traffic. It is vitally important that you always check traffic, intersections, driveways or other places where a motorcycle can suddenly appear.
3. Motorcycles are driven differently then cars or trucksThere are a number of situations and hazards that affect motorcycles much differently than someone operating a car or truck. High winds, potholes, debris in the roadway, rain or other adverse weather conditions and animals at or around the road may cause a motorcycle operator to take evasive action to avoid being involved in an accident. These sudden movements might confuse or cause concern for a car or truck driver who may cause an accident. If you see a motorcycle operator it is important that you understand that you need to keep a safe distance between you and the motorcycle. You need to give yourself plenty of time should the need arise for you to take evasive action or to stop suddenly.
Be on the lookout for motorcycle operators and always drive defensivelyMany lives could be negatively affected or may even be destroyed if you cause a motorcycle accident. If you read and follow the suggestions contained in this article then you will greatly reduce the risk of your causing a motorcycle accident. It is very important that you always drive defensively and be on the lookout for situations which might cause you to react suddenly or could potentially cause an accident.