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by Jeff Rasansky - February 7, 2012
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

If you ride a motorcycle, you’re well aware of the dangers that traffic presents. You might have the same rights to the road, but cars simply outweigh you, out power you and, unfortunately, have greatly reduced visibility compared to you when you’re on your cycle. Here are some common wrecks and ways that you can avoid them.

motorcycle1Right Lane Crowding

This occurs when someone figures that, since you only take up half a lane, they can help themselves to the other half and pull alongside you when you’re making a right turn. The way to avoid this is to take up too much of the lane to allow them to do this. Assume that every driver will do this if you give them a chance and it’ll happen far less often.

Left Turn Dangers

Drivers turning left in front of you are absolutely your worst enemies if you’re on a bike. They might not see you or, if they do, they might underestimate your speed and cut right in front of you. Make sure you’re planning your escape route around such drivers. Having a route around the driver mapped out in your head is the best way to avoid hitting them.

Blind Spot Sideswipes

Did you know that most drivers actually don’t know how to adjust their mirrors? Most of them are looking at the side of their car in the mirror, which means that they don’t see much of the lane beside them. Watch out for this! If you’re in someone’s blind spot, speed up or slow down to get out of it so they can see you. In addition to not being able to see you, they may not signal before changing lanes and may end up sideswiping you.

Whenever you’re on the road, you have the same rights as the other drivers. If someone assumes otherwise and causes you to come to harm, they may be liable for damages. You’ll need to speak with an attorney to determine whether or not you can file a lawsuit in your case but, if you can, it might end up getting you enough money in compensation or from a settlement to cover your pain and suffering, medical costs and loss of property. The only way to find out is to speak with an attorney. Make sure you get your personal injury information from a qualified Dallas motorcycle accident attorney.

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