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Motorcycle safety: How to avoid being involved in an accident

On Behalf of | Oct 27, 2020 | Car Accidents

Most New Jersey residents can agree that motorcycles can be quite dangerous. However, motorcycles do have a few safety advantages over a typical car. Quick and power brakes, no blind spots, and great handling are just a few of those benefits. Understandably, even with all these safety features, motorcyclists want to know how they can remain safe on the roads. By knowing the most common dangerous scenarios, a rider can lower their chances of being in an accident.

When cars fail to see you

This is perhaps the most common accident that occurs to motorcyclists. Cars are known to have large blind spots that can cover an entire car coming from their left or right. Now imagine how difficult it is to spot a small motorcycle. So, how can you avoid getting into this type of accident? First is to know the signs that a car might make a turn. When you’re coming into an intersection, you have to assume that a car will not put on their turn signal before turning. This means slowing down and being ready to take evasive maneuvers.

Sudden gravel/sand corners

Imagine this; you’re out for a nice ride when you begin to take a turn on a road that does not allow you to see what’s around the corner. You suddenly see gravel or sand, and by the time you try to react to it, you’ve lost control and crashed your motorcycle. The best way to avoid this is to consider the “slow in, fast out” method. This means that you enter the corner wide to see a bigger portion of the road, thus allowing you to notice any dangerous obstacles.

Lane changes

Accidents on the highways will often be due to someone crossing over into another motorist’s lane. Damage to vehicles is usually not too serious because each person will react quickly and turn away. However, if this same accident occurs to someone on a motorcycle, the end-result can be deadly. When riding next to a car, it’s best to ensure that you make yourself as visible as possible. A great rule of thumb to follow involves the car driver’s eyes. If you can see their eyes through their rearview mirror, they can likely see you too.

Motorcycle accidents can leave a rider severely injured, with the car’s driver often blaming them for the accident. If you believe the accident was not your fault, it’s highly recommended to seek the services of an experienced attorney.

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