When motorcycle enthusiasts get behind the wheel of a car, they are often acutely aware of any riders around them. Drivers who have never maneuvered a bike in traffic, on the other hand, are less likely to look out for riders because motorcycles are simply not on their mind.
Unfortunately, this kind of inattention can have devastating consequences. Even if drivers are paying attention to the general congestion around them, a catastrophic collision can result if they do not keep an eye out for motorcycles specifically.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to sustain serious or fatal injuries in crashes. At the end of the day, though, anyone can get hurt in a wreck, and everyone owes a duty of care to those on the road around them.
If someone breached this duty by violating local traffic laws and you sustained serious injuries as a result, turn to Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates. A strategic attorney on our team can handle all the logistics of your case so you can focus on your health. Visit our website at www.jeffreyesteslaw.com to learn more, or call 855-290-8080 to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer in San Diego.
3 Safety Tips for Driving Near Motorcycles
Whenever you get behind the wheel, you have an obligation to remain focused, sober, and alert. You must also keep an eye out for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Otherwise, you could be liable if a collision results.
Here are just a few tips for avoiding motorcycle wrecks as a passenger vehicle motorist
- Eliminate Distractions
The single most effective way to avoid striking a motorcyclist is to pay attention to the road around you. That means eliminating all potential distractions and focusing solely on driving at all times.
- Turn Down the Radio
When traveling at higher speeds, like on the highway, you are likely to hear motorcyclists before you see them. Keep any audio entertainment at a reasonable level so you can hear riders roar up behind you in traffic.
- Use Your Turn Signals
Motorcycle wrecks often happen at intersections because both riders and drivers misjudge what those around them are planning on doing. You can reduce the risk of causing a motorcycle accident by driving in a predictable manner, especially at intersections. Follow the rules of the road, stay in your lane, slow down for yellow lights, and use your turn signals.
Sadly, even if you make it a point to watch for motorcycles, there is no guarantee that riders will watch for you. If you were hurt in a crash with a reckless rider, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.
To determine if you have a valid case, turn to Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates. We combine the personalized attention of a small practice with the resources of a powerhouse law firm.
Contact us online or call 855-290-8080 to schedule a free case evaluation with an accident attorney in San Diego. You can learn more about car accident claims in California by visiting the USAttorneys website.
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