If you live in a larger city, chances are the roads are teeming with cars and trucks most of the day—and especially at those rush hour times (which today seem to become more and more unpredictable due to staggered work times for many). Car sales continue to increase, gas prices are down with greater affordability, and with less unemployment, more motorists are traveling back and forth to work. While those are all positive signs for the US economy, one major downside is that more cars on the roads means more accidents—and it also means there may be an even greater challenge for motorists to see motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Motorists Must Be Aware of Surroundings at All Times
Visibility is always an issue in traffic—evidenced by one of the most common comments after accidents: “They came out of nowhere—I didn’t see them!” And while it is the motorist’s responsibility to make sure they are driving defensively and being cautious in areas where smaller vehicles and pedestrians are present, all too often they are distracted; in fact, the distraction of cell phones can be a problem with pedestrians too. Driving the same routes each day can lead to a lack of alertness as well—almost as if some drivers are on autopilot, sometimes causing them to wreak havoc on highways, as well as intersections and crosswalks. Far too many motorists may also be speeding, driving under the influence, or behaving recklessly and putting the lives of others in serious danger.
Make Your Presence Known!
Whether you are riding a motorcycle, bicycle, or walking, brightly colored clothing or neon is always one of the best ways to be seen—and especially at dusk or after dark. Although black leather and dark clothing often has a ‘cool factor,’ you may become invisible to motorists after the sun starts going down. Consider reflective stripes for clothing, shoes, and helmets. Extra lights or reflectors on your motorcycle or bicycle are recommended, and pedestrians can always travel with flashlights for added visibility and helpful illumination on the road.
When riding in traffic lanes, avoid motorists blind spots, obey all traffic rules and watch out for doors opening from parked cars! Cross walks are a common area for accidents, so along with making yourself more visible, be aware of oncoming traffic and turning cars. Before walking, make eye contact with motorists to verify they are stopping for you as required. Motorcyclists can also rev their engines for added effect in being noticed.
Call Us for Help If You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, pedestrian accident or car wreck due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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