When you get around town on two wheels, you face many risks that drivers and passengers in cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs don’t often worry about. While people in passenger vehicles are protected by seat belts, air bags, and other advanced safety features, motorcyclists like you have only their safety gear to protect them in the event of an accident. That’s why preventing crashes in the first place is so important.
As a motorcyclist, you can reduce your risks by watching the road for potential hazards, including potholes, oil spills, loose gravel, and debris. You can also improve your safety by reducing your speed when negotiating turns, knowing your limits as a rider, and never lane-splitting.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that safety-conscious motorcyclists are much more likely to avoid accidents, but we also know that some motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Knowing the common causes of driver-induced motorcycle accidents can help you stay alert and attentive when riding near vehicles. Those causes include:
- Following too closely – If you hear or see a vehicle following you too closely, change lanes whenever possible. Rear-end collisions can be fatal for motorcyclists, even at relatively low speeds.
- Lane crowding – Drivers don’t always give motorcyclists the room they deserve or need. When a driver drifts into or crowds your lane, you may be pushed into adjacent lanes or even off the road entirely. When that happens, slow down to allow the vehicle to merge or speed up to get in front of it.
Drivers and motorcyclists have a responsibility to safely share the road. But too often, drivers fail to uphold their end of the deal, as they may not look for motorcyclists or treat them with the respect they deserve.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a careless driver, we want to hear from you. Call today for a free consultation, and get a Virginia motorcycle accident attorney on your side.