Motorcycle riders are frequently the victims of careless and inattentive drivers of cars and trucks. Whether the carelessness is caused by a drunk driver, or the all too frequent indifference that motorists exhibit towards motorcyclists, the results of a collision with a motorcycle are all too often catastrophic or fatal.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) lists 10 important things drivers should keep in mind when sharing the road with motorcycles:

  • Over 50% of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time the driver of the 4-wheeled vehicle is at fault, not the motorcyclist.
  • Because motorcycles are much smaller than cars, trucks, and buses, they are easily hidden in car’s blind spots. It
    is important for drivers to take an extra look for motorcycles before changing lanes and taking turns.
  • A motorcycle may actually be a lot closer than it appears. It is also difficult to judge a motorcycles speed, so it is important to keep in mind that they may catch up to you a lot faster than you realize.
  • Motorcyclists often slow down by downshifting or rolling of the throttle, so their brake light is never activated. Because there is no physical warning, you should allow a larger following distance.
  • Motorcyclists often adjust their lane position to be seen more easily, to minimize the effects of the wind, or avoid debris.
  • Motorcycle turn signals are not self-canceling, so some riders (especially beginners) may forget to turn them off.
  • Because of their size, motorcycles have much better maneuverability than cars, however drivers should not expect a motorcycles to always easily dodge out of the way.
  • The stopping distance for a motorcycle is nearly the same as a car. Be sure to leave enough following distance -especially in the rain or snow.
  • When you see a motorcycle on the road, see more than just the motorcycle. There is a person under that helmet who could be your friend, family, or relative.
  • If a driver were to crash into a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian causing serious injury the driver would probably never forgive themselves.

Virginia Brain Injury Lawyers
Our Virginia personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard Serpe understand the challenges and difficulties faced by motorcycle accident victims. As the number of motorcyclists has increased dramatically over the last 10 years, both because of recreation and the economy, so has the number of serious motorcycle injuries and deaths.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident that
wasn’t your fault, contact our lawyers for a free consultation. Toll Free: 877-544-5323