As a motorcyclist, you know how vulnerable you are while on the road with other vehicles. You have probably had your fair share of close calls. Therefore, you must take the time to learn all you can about the traffic habits of other drivers and the things you can do to help keep you and those around you safe. The best way to avoid a traffic accident is through education, trial and error and plain old common sense.
1. Blind Spots. Everyone who drives is aware of blind spots. But as a motorcyclist you know that there's a very good chance the driver of another vehicle won't see you if you're driving alongside of him. Therefore, the obvious solution is to not drive alongside a vehicle anywhere near the blind spot. Additionally, when you change lanes, make sure you're not moving into another vehicle's blind spot as you proceed into that lane.
2. The Middle of The Lane. When stopped, if you are in the center of the lane between two larger vehicles, you are allowing yourself to be put in the position of being sandwiched between the two, if the driver behind you doesn't see you.
When stopped, you should make a habit of positioning yourself towards the outside of the lane with the front of your bike pointing in the direction that's between other vehicles. The reasoning behind this is, that if you get hit from behind, you won't be smashed between two larger vehicles. Rather, you will be pushed into the area between the other vehicles, helping to reduce the chances of you being hurt.
3. Intersections. After a light changes color, don't be the first off the line. Take a few sections to make sure everyone has stopped before proceeding through the intersection. Yes, this is drivers education 101; however, if you take a look around, you'll see that most drivers don't look both ways before proceeding through the light once it has turned green. This is what causes fatal accidents that could have been prevented.
4. Lane Positioning. Typically, drivers will give you a wider radius if you position your bike closer to the side of the lane. Additionally, oil and fluids from other vehicles tends to drip onto the center of the lane decreasing the potential for traction. Therefore, if you travel along the side of the lane and you have to stop quickly, generally you'll have more traction.
5. Blind Turns. Be aware of blind turns. When turning left across oncoming traffic or cutting through a lane of stopped traffic, be aware that most drivers won't see you. Therefore, you have to check and double-check before proceeding with your turn.
The Take Away
Take some time to learn everything you can about how and why most motorcycle accidents happen. Learning what to look for and what to do, should an accident occur, will help you prevent an accident from happening in the first place. Education is your best defense when it comes to your safety while on the road with other drivers. If you get injured in an accident, make sure you retain a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer so you get the maximum possible compensation.
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