D.C. Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Offer Tips For Riders And Drivers
Motorcyclists and car drivers must share our nation’s roads. That means motorcyclists and drivers must watch out for one another and do what they can to avoid tragic accidents. Our Washington, D.C., motorcycle accident attorneys offer these tips.
Drivers Must Respect Motorcyclists
Let’s face it, there’s a clear “winner” in a motorcycle/passenger car collision. As a car driver, you don’t want to be the one responsible for causing serious injuries — or even death — to a motorcycle rider. Remembering these safety tips should help:
- Treat motorcyclists with the same respect you’d give to other motorists. Motorcycles are vehicles. Their riders have the same privileges, rights, and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers.
- Give the motorcyclist plenty of room. Make sure the motorcyclist has a full lane to himself. You should not squeeze a rider off the road. If you are driving behind a motorcyclist, keep plenty of distance between you and the motorcyclist.
- Keep an eye out for motorcycle riders. Many accidents happen because car drivers simply did not see the motorcyclists. Be extra vigilant at intersections. Always check your blind spot before you change lanes.
- Recognize that bad weather and road conditions may impact the motorcyclist. Weather and road conditions may affect motorcyclists’ abilities to ride.
Motorcyclists Must Protect Themselves
Motorcyclists must drive defensively to avoid collisions. They should keep the following tips in mind:
- Don’t assume that a car driver sees you. Until you have an acknowledgment that the driver sees you, do not do anything risky.
- Increase your visibility. Wear clothing with reflective strips or put them on your motorcycle. Use a headlight when needed.
- Always signal before you change lanes. Change lanes only when you have enough room to do so. Do not weave in between cars.