Compared to other drivers, motorcyclists are far more vulnerable to serious injury in an accident. Many motorcycle accidents occur because drivers of passenger vehicles fail to see a motorcycle hidden in their blind spot. Throughout the month of May, the National Safety Council is encouraging motorists to keep an eye out for motorcycles and share the road. In turn, motorcyclists are reminded to do everything possible to make themselves visible to other motorists.
In honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, below are some tips for drivers to keep in mind:
- Motorcycles have the right to a full lane. Share the road.
- Always give motorcycles more following distance than you would a regular vehicle.
- Take an extra moment to carefully check traffic when changing lanes; motorcycles are often missed in a driver’s blind spot.
- Be cautious. Since motorcycle turn signals are not self-canceling, some riders will forget to turn them off after a recent turn or lane change.
Motorcyclists should always wear a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218 helmet. Without a helmet, you are five times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury. It also helps to wear bright or reflective clothing to ensure you remain visible at all times.
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in the Mobile, Alabama area that was caused by another person’s negligence, please contact Long & Long, P.C. today or call (251) 432-2277 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Mobile motorcycle accident lawyers. We represent injured accident victims in Mobile and throughout Baldwin County, Alabama.