Motorcycle crashes are among the most serious, devastating types of collisions that can occur. Because motorcyclists aren’t protected from the force of an accident like someone inside the metal frame of a car or truck, they are often critically injured or killed in a crash.
Blind spots are something that every vehicle has, and each driver should be aware and cautious of. Here’s what you need to know about blind spots on motorcycles and what you can do to prevent blind spot motorcycle accidents either as a motorcyclist or as the driver of a car or truck.
Where Blind Spots Are Located on Motorcycles
Different types of motorcycles generally have different blind spots depending on their design and build. However, the most common blind spots for motorcyclists are directly behind the motorcycle and the left and right rear.
Cars share the left and rear blind spots, but do not have a blind spot straight behind them as motorcyclists do. In comparison, trucks have both as well as additional areas around them with reduced visibility due to their size and shape. While on the road, pay attention to both where your blind spots are on your motorcycle and the potential blind spots of other vehicles.
Tips to Prevent Accidents for Vehicle Drivers
Car and truck drivers can prevent motorcycle collisions by:
- Being prepared for the presence of motorcyclists on the road
- Keeping your vehicle’s rearview mirror positioned properly so as to see behind you at all times
- Keeping your vehicle’s side view mirrors positioned towards your blind spots
- Physically looking around your vehicle before changing lanes or merging instead of just checking your mirrors
- Using your lights and turn signals to let other drivers know what to expect
- Driving within the posted speed limit
- Driving cautiously in poor road conditions or inclement weather
- Never operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol
Tips to Prevent Accidents for Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists can help prevent crashes by:
- Driving at a safe and legal speed
- Avoiding riding in the blind spots of other vehicles
- Giving extra space between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you, allowing you more time to react
- Anticipating the actions of other drivers on the road
- Using your headlights at all times, even during the day
- Wearing brightly colored or reflective clothing to improve your visibility to other drivers
- Avoiding weaving in and out of traffic
- Passing other vehicles quickly so as not to remain in their blind spot for more time than necessary
As a motorcyclist, it’s important to maintain awareness of the larger, heavier, and faster vehicles around you that could pose a bigger threat to your life in the event of an accident. Practice good motorcycle safety and do your best to stay visible to others on the road.
When to Involve an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt in a motorcycle collision or a loved one was killed, it’s in your best interests to reach out to a seasoned motorcycle accident attorney as soon as you can to protect your rights and your family’s rights to compensation. Call Mazow | McCullough, PC today for a consultation at (855) 693-9084.