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Rules of the Road for Motorcycles
The lack of protection provided by a motorcycle greatly increases your risk of serious injury or death in the event of a motorcycle accident. As a result, you must always drive safely and defensively, keeping in mind that other drivers may not always see you or give you the right of way when appropriate.
Good Safety Practices for Motorcycle Drivers
The following safety practices will greatly reduce your risk of a motorcycle accident:
- Avoid lane sharing – You should always avoid sharing a lane with another vehicle, even if there is enough room for both of you in the lane. Sharing a lane will reduce your ability to maneuver in the event of an unexpected road hazard such as a spill, pothole, or debris on the road. Furthermore, it is a good idea not to ride alongside another vehicle in an adjoining lane. If the vehicle drifts into your lane or turns without signaling, you may not be able to avoid a collision. It is better to drop back and drive at a safe distance behind the vehicle in the adjacent lane.
- Do not drive next to large trucks – Semi-trucks have large blind spots and will often not be able to see you riding alongside them, increasing the likelihood of an accident. Furthermore, if you ride next to a truck, you may not have enough time to get out of the way in the event of a tire blowout. If the debris from the blown tire hits you while you are driving at full speed, you are likely to suffer serious injuries.
- Avoid driving behind a pickup or other truck that could lose its load – Often, trucks carry large loads which may potentially fly out of the vehicle if not properly secured. If you are hit by one of these objects, your injuries are likely to be catastrophic.
- Maintain a safe following distance – Maintain a following distance of at least three to four seconds with the vehicle in front of you in case it stops short. Also, be aware that motorcycles have a shorter stopping distance than cars. If the vehicle behind you follows too closely, you may need to veer off onto the shoulder in the event of an abrupt stop in order to avoid being rear-ended.
- Pay attention to other vehicles at intersections – More than half of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. It is important to be aware of the intentions of other vehicles at intersections.
- Passing other vehicles – Always pass other vehicles with caution, and remember that you may be in another driver’s blind spot while passing.
Please contact our Alabama motorcycle accident lawyers today if you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of another driver. Long & Waite, P.C. serves clients in Mobile, Baldwin County, and all of Alabama.