Every time you turn on the news, there are new reports of catastrophic motorcycle accidents. An early morning crash in Miami left six dead in August. After a car stopped to help a motorcyclist involved in a minor accident, a van swerved onto the shoulder, hitting the car and several people standing on the side of the road. The van collided with another stopped car, pushing it into the motorcycle. In total, the crash left six people dead. The van driver was arrested for DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious bodily injury, DUI with property damage, and resisting arrest.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents frequently have fatal outcomes. Taking extra care while on the road could help you avoid becoming a statistic.
Many motorcyclists report feeling invisible to drivers. As a motorcyclist, you should dress in bright colors and use accessories that make you more visible to other motorists. If you drive at night, consider clothing with reflective material. It’s clear that wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to protect yourself as a biker – take it one step further and pick a pattern or color that other drivers can’t miss.
Fatigued driving is a major cause of car and motorcycle accidents. Since your motorcycle leaves you exposed to a greater risk of injury and death, be extremely mindful while on the road. Driving while tired can lead to longer reaction times, putting you at serious risk of a crash.
It’s impossible to predict what the drivers behind you are going to do, which is why you should always leave yourself an out. When stopping behind a car at a stoplight, leave enough space to switch lanes if the vehicle behind you doesn’t stop. Rear-end accidents can be minor for cars, but they’re often much more dangerous for motorcyclists.
Ideally, everyone on the road would be vigilant and aware of other drivers. Since that isn’t always the case, you must be extra cautious while riding. Watch the vehicles in your vicinity and keep an eye out for any erratic driving patterns. This allows you to move away from drivers who appear to be distracted. Look for those whose eyes are glued to their phones and stay far away.
While scanning the road for unsafe or inattentive drivers, take an extra second to check out the asphalt. Look for gravel or sand, which could get in your eyes and block your vision. Spilled oil, antifreeze, and fuel can create a slippery roadway, so watch out for shiny pavement.
Even when you take every possible precaution, motorcycle accidents happen. Don’t try to work with insurance companies on your own. Instead, let us advocate for you as you heal and recuperate. Call Fetterman & Associates at (561) 845-2510 for a free case evaluation.
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