If you ride a motorcycle, you’re well aware of the danger 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 accident scenarios and ways that you can help avoid them.
Right 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 motorcyclists is absolutely one of the worst scenarios riders face. 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 keeping your eyes open at intersections, and give yourself as much room as possible.
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.