When you consider the severity of the injuries that are the result of a motorcycle crash, it is easy to see why there must be a focus on preventing the accidents. The prevention methods can’t focus only on the actions of the motorcyclist. Instead, they need to focus on everyone on the road working together to keep motorcyclists safe.
There are some general tips that everyone, including drivers and motorcyclists, can follow to help keep motorcyclists safe. Here are a few tips to do this:
Pay attention during turns
Intersections are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. Anyone who is going to make a turn needs to pay close attention to the scene around the intersection. The small profile of motorcycles makes them difficult to see, which is one huge issue in intersections. Objects around the intersection, such as other cars, shrubbery and signage, can hide motorcycles. When drivers don’t pay close attention at these intersections, they can turn directly into a motorcycle’s path when the motorcycle had the right-of-way.
Take your time when driving
Whether you are riding on a motorcycle or driving a car, you should take your time when you drive. It is very easy to try to rush to your destination, but you should take your time so that you can focus on your safety. Rushing can mean that you try to make last-minute turns or miss what someone else is doing while they drive in front of you. These could lead to a crash involving a motorcycle that you weren’t expecting.
Watch the condition of the roadway
The condition of the roadway impacts motorcycles in a more dramatic manner than it impacts other vehicles. Always watch the condition of the roadway when you drive. If you are on a motorcycle, watch for loose gravel or other hazards. See if you can come up with a way out that allows you to miss the hazard without taking a safety risk. Other cars should do the same thing so that they can pay attention for these hazards, especially when they are sharing the road with a motorcycle. This could help the other drivers to give the motorcyclist a way out of the hazard.
Ultimately, even the most careful motorcyclist faces a chance of being involved in an accident. When this happens, the motorcyclist might opt to seek compensation from the other driver if the accident was the other driver’s fault. This might help them to get compensation for the injuries and other effects of the accident.