Motorcyclists may perform certain actions on the road which drivers of other vehicle types may not understand. In fact, it is not uncommon for motorcyclists to weave in and out of lanes for their own safety. Other drivers may not realize it, but many motorcyclists weave in order to prevent falling victim to another vehicle’s blind spot.
In sharing Florida roads, all vehicles bear responsibilities to maintain safe traveling. As it relates to motorcyclists, drivers should consider the following:
- Use extra caution around intersections: Obstructions at intersections can be great dangers to motorcyclists. Move slowly and think carefully when approaching intersections.
- Be aware of your blind spots: Where are your areas of blindness? Are you looking before you change lanes or are you simply using the side mirror? Use caution to make up for your inability to see all areas around your vehicle. Note also that blind spots are especially tricky when you drive through lower-grade roads or construction.
- Always keep an eye out: Blind spots aside, there are times when motorcycles are simply difficult to notice. Extreme weather, sunshine, bending roads and heavy traffic can also impede your ability to see a motorcyclist.
- Understand that motorcycles operate differently: As mentioned previously, motorcycles move differently to avoid blind spots. Additionally, their braking system is a bit different than a car. Motorcyclists may simply downshift to a stop rather than using brakes. Leaving a greater distance between you and the motorcycle can do wonders for preventing a collision.
Every year, thousands of motorcyclists are killed and more are seriously injured in wrecks. All drivers have a responsibility to maintain awareness and use caution while sharing the road. If you suffer from injuries due to a motor vehicle accident, consider reaching out to an experienced lawyer to learn about your legal options.