When a serious multi-vehicle motorcycle accident occurs, the driver of the car or truck often complains that he never saw the motorcycle. While it is every driver’s job to watch for other vehicles, that knowledge does not do a motorcyclist much good when a car slams into his bike and sends him flying through the air.
Tips to Help You Remain Visible
Motorcyclists have a great deal to lose in a crash because, instead of doors, a roof, seat belts, and airbags to protect them, they have only a helmet to protect their head and riding gear to protect their body. Therefore, in order to help mitigate the risk of a crash, motorcyclists should follow these tips to make sure they are visible to other drivers:
- Stay out of the blind spots of other vehicles when you ride. If you can see the drivers in nearby cars—either through direct eye contact or through their mirrors—they can probably see you.
- Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. That way, you will have room to maneuver when you encounter a dangerous situation.
- Passing can be a risky maneuver, so make sure you have plenty of time to pass the car or motorcycle in front of you.
- When riding with a group of bikers, leave ample space between each motorcycle, and ride in a staggered formation.
A minor motorcycle accident on Illinois Route 251in Machesney Park can cause serious injuries or even death to the rider, so be sure to ride with visibility in mind. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another driver, call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.