Unfortunately, the risk of an accident always exists. Even if you are obeying the rules of the road and taking extreme caution, it is possible that another driver could act in a negligent manner.
As a motorcyclist, you never want to think about being involved in an accident. At the same time, you should be realistic in knowing that this could happen at any time. When you are aware of your surroundings and when things could take a turn for the worse, you have a much better chance of remaining safe.
Here are three situations to watch out for:
1. Other vehicles that may not be able to see you. Are you driving in a truck’s blind spot? Are you traveling down the middle of the road, as opposed to choosing a lane? It is your responsibility to make sure other drivers can see you at all times. Remember, your motorcycle is not as large as a traditional vehicle. For this reason, it is easy for you to go undetected.
2. Aggressive drivers. Let’s face it: some people aren’t interested in sharing the road with motorcycles. They are aware that this is the law, but they don’t care to follow the rules of the road.
If you pinpoint an aggressive driver, do your best to remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible. Even if this means pulling off to the side of the road, it is better to be safe than sorry.
3. Road hazards. If you have the feeling that the condition of a road is not up to par, such as one that is full of potholes and other damage, you should slow down and take extreme caution. Neglecting to pay attention to such hazards could result in an accident.
Final tip: wear protective gear at all times, including a helmet. This way, if you are in an accident you have a better chance of avoiding serious injury.
Riding a motorcycle can be a great experience, but at the same time it puts you at risk of being involved in an accident. Be attentive and cautious at all times, as this will help keep you safe.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another party or a road hazard, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about your legal rights.