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Sharing The Road Safely With Motorcycles
One should always provide motorcycles with a safe distance while traveling near them on the road. Researchers in a recent study of the causes of motorcycle accidents discovered that in 60 % of the crashes that involved a motorcycle and another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle was at fault. A majority of motorcycle crashes resulted from the negligence of car, truck and other motor vehicle drivers. The public at large needs to learn how to safely share the road with motorcycles to help decrease these devastating accidents.
Four Basic Tips to Share the Road with A Motorcycle
- Avoid tailgating a motorcycle. Motorcyclists often need to stop suddenly or swerve in order to avoid gravel, potholes or slick spots in the road. If you leave enough following distance between your car and the motorcycle, you will allow the motorcyclist to maneuver around the hazard safely. If you do not, then you run the risk of causing a severe or fatal rear-end collision.
- Check your blind spots before turning or changing lanes. Motorcycles are smaller and less visible on the road than typical passenger vehicles. So, it is easy to lose a motorcycle in your blind spots. For this reason, you should always do a quick look in your mirrors and check your blind spots before you make a turn or switch into another lane. Additionally, use your turn signals. Motorcyclists – like any other vehicle driver – need to know your intentions.
- Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. Motorcycle riders in Texas enjoy the same rights as the drivers of any other vehicle on the road. This means that motorcyclists are entitled to use of the full lane. If you try to share or “split” a lane with a motorcyclist, you infringe on that right and – more importantly – you greatly raise the risk of getting into a sideswipe collision or running the motorcyclist off the road.
- Use caution when you pass a motorcycle. You want to avoid blowing straight past a motorcycle when you try to pass one. Motorcycles can be susceptible to the wind your larger vehicle creates when it goes past. This can cause the motorcycle rider to veer off. In extreme cases, the rider may lose control of the bike. Additionally, because passing motorcyclists typically happens on busy two- or three-lane highways, the potential to cause a multiple-car accident is high if you fail to use caution when you pass.
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