Motorcycle Safety: When It’s Not Your Fault
America is one of the best nations in the world to own and ride a motorcycle. The countryside is for those born to be wild and want to be shot of city life. The fresh clean air, the noise of your Harley and the ability to ride anywhere you want is captivating to enthusiasts and new riders alike. There used to be a time when it was very dangerous to be a biker, because car drivers were so oblivious to the size and speed of a motorcycle. However, with new technology such as rear-facing cameras in the bumpers of cars, blind spot sensors and cameras everywhere, there is more chance of proving you were in the right if you are involved in an accident. However, it’s not always cut and dry, so you need to know the circumstances when it really isn’t your fault to prove your case in the courtroom.
Out to the side signals
Riding a motorcycle is nothing like driving a car. Turning is probably the most dangerous part about riding because you’re small and agile, while cars and trucks are not. So when you’re turning into a street, you hope and pray that oncoming traffic will see you and slow down to give you some room. The same should go for when you are in a lane and want to switch lanes or turn into a street. To make sure that you give traffic and the cars behind you as much warning as possible, drift over to the side of the lane from which you are turning. Put on your indicator to also confirm you are turning that way. When the driver behind you sees you are over to one side of the road, and your signal light is blinking, they cannot say you didn’t give them enough warning.
Getting clipped by an oncoming
When some drivers see an oncoming motorcycle, they are more likely to take up more room on the street. It’s just a fact that if a street is empty, drivers tend to drive in the middle of the road rather than in their lane. Perhaps it’s due to just convenience and not having to watch out for one side of their car hitting parked cars. However, if they do not get back in their lane when you are approaching them, you can get clipped. What this means is that their car could hit your leg but more specifically your knees and your ankles. Talk to a personal injury lawyer that helps bikers with road accidents and knows how to prove it wasn’t your fault. With over 80 years of experience, their combined knowledge of different kinds of personal injuries helps the firm to gather the evidence of healthcare costs, mental anguish and time off work to give you the best compensation possible. There’s simply no reason why drivers shouldn’t be more careful when driving alongside or toward a rider.
Drivers and riders are equals on the road no matter the size difference. You should not tolerate those that wish to throw their weight around, despite you knowing that you are far from being in the wrong.