What A Motorcyclist Can Do To Prevent Dangerous Accidents
Motorcycles move and respond much quicker than cars do and, in the last decade, have increased in popularity. Unfortunately, this has led to more motorcycle accidents. While the fastest growing demographic of motorcycle riders is over 40, the stereotype of the young and fast motorcyclist may rule the day when assigning blame.
Ultimately, even the most careful motorcyclist is subjected to the skills of every automobile driver they come across. In the event of an accident, the attorneys at Bianco & Mansfield understand what steps need to be taken to ensure a thorough investigation that focuses on the other party’s inattentive driving.
Car driver negligence in motorcycle accidents
The most common types of motorcycle accidents are the result of:
- Turning into the motorcycle’s path
- Driveway, street, or parking lot pullout in front of a motorcycle
- Tailgating resulting in a rear-end collision
- Failure to abide stop signs and red lights
- Motorcycle cut-off or sideswipe
- Changing lanes without looking
- Texting, phone conversations, and generally distracted drivers
- Speeding or driving recklessly
Tips for cars and motorcycles to share the road
Be aware of blind spots
The danger of sitting in another vehicle’s blind spot is amplified for a smaller vehicle like a motorcycle. Be aware of this. Avoid these dangerous areas and position your bike where it can be seen.
Braking vs. Downshifting
Motorcyclists often reduce speed by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, therefore not activating a brake light. An extended following distance and an understanding that a motorcyclist may slow down at intersections without visual warning is vital for anyone behind.
Turn signals differ from cars
Be aware that motorcycle turn signals are usually not self-canceling and some bikers may forget to turn them off. A blinker does not always mean that the car is turning and vice versa.
Stay in a group wherever possible
Be aware that cars will not always think to look for a motorcycle, particularly if there is a group of motorcycles and one falls behind.
At night, drivers may misperceive the distance and speed of a motorcycle coming up behind them.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? Speak to the Pasco County Attorneys at Frank P. Bianco, P.A.
Skilled Motorcycle Accident Defense Attorney – New Port Richey
Florida has many twisting, scenic roads that motorcyclists love to ride. Unfortunately, accidents occur far too often in the state when drivers of larger vehicles fail to yield the right of way or simply do not see bikers. Even when wearing a helmet, a motorcycle driver is no match for a car or truck.
Were you or someone you know in a motorcycle accident in New Port Richey and need a defense attorney? Know the value of your case. Call Frank P. Bianco at (727) 843-0097.