Road Safety Today: Are You Risking Your Life as a Motorcyclist on the Highway?

Being safe is an issue throughout many aspects of our lives, from our time spent at home to our time spent at work and school. When we are on the roads, however, we must be diligent as just a few seconds spent in distraction can cause catastrophic results. Attention must be paid in every situation as wrecks can be caused by those driving too fast, too slow—or due to drivers who are not paying attention, are under the influence, exhausted, or more. This is all true for motorcyclists too, but doubly so, as they are rendered so much more vulnerable due to their lack of insulation in comparison to cars, absence of safety mechanisms like airbags, and proximity to the ground.

Unfortunately, one of the greatest dangers to motorcycle enthusiasts is other drivers. If you own a bike, then you are probably all too aware of this problem. And while you cannot control the actions of others on the road, you can ride as defensively as possibly, making your presence known. Considering the number of accidents on today’s highways, we may all be risking our lives at times just by getting behind the wheel, but this is a much more serious consideration for motorcyclists, who are also at graver risk during weather conditions and areas where roads may be older and harder to navigate.

Some drivers may be prejudiced against individuals who choose the motorcycle as their mode of transportation due to a variety of reasons, causing disrespect on the road—and sometimes, serious accidents due to careless actions like cutting riders off, following too closely or braking too quickly, and more. Unconscious actions on the road cause more problems, however, as motorists often fail to see motorcyclists—as well as others like joggers, walkers, and bicycle riders. This is generally because individuals driving cars are trained to look for vehicles of the same size, and they may miss others that do not take up as much room in their line of sight.

Trained and experienced motorcycle riders are usually aware of the visibility problem and may work harder to make sure motorists see them (moving back and forth in lanes) as well as hear them (revving the engine). It is more important than ever to practice defensive driving if you are at an intersection or in oncoming traffic—and especially with cars making left-hand turns, sometimes failing to see motorcyclists and either hitting them or even just clipping them with devastating consequences. Cars that are not keeping a suitable amount of distance behind motorcyclists, or slamming on the brakes without realizing anyone is behind them are extremely hazardous—along with flinging open doors (and leaving them open) in parked areas, causing extreme danger and the potential for serious injury to those traveling on two wheels.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident 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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