Motorcycles are more difficult for other motorists to see than other larger vehicles. As such, bikers face many dangers when they are on the road. When another motorist does not see a biker, they can easily strike them and cause an accident that results in very serious injuries. Motorcyclists can hold negligent parties liable for paying damages, but it is even better to avoid a crash altogether. One way to do this is to make yourself more visible when you are on your bike. Below are some of the best ways to do this.
Motorcycles are much more agile than other vehicles, and they can easily maneuver in much smaller spaces. Still, it is important to choose a lane and ride in an actual lane. Lane splitting, or the act of traveling in between rows of slow-moving traffic is not only illegal in Ohio, but it is extremely dangerous because it makes it even more difficult for other drivers to see you.
Many motorcycle accidents occur when a biker was in another driver’s blind spot and that driver changed lanes, striking the motorcycle when they do. Stay out of blind spots and if you have to pass commercial trucks, make your way through their no-zones, or large blind spots, quickly but safely.
Newer motorcycles are fitted with a headlight and taillight that comes on automatically and remains on while the bike is in operation. These lights make it easier for other drivers to see you, but they only work if the lights are in good working condition. Maintain your lights to ensure they work properly and do their job of making you more visible.
As the rider, you are the most visible part of your motorcycle. To make yourself even more visible to drivers, wear brightly colored gear that will attract the attention of motorists.
Reflective devices are cheap, easy to install, and you can put them anywhere on your bike. The best places for reflective material include the back of your motorcycle helmet, on your windscreen, your rear fender, and on the rear and sides of saddlebags.
Although it may be difficult for drivers to see one motorcycle, it is much easier for them to see a group of bikers headed down the road. When you can, travel in a group of other bikers. Not only will it make you more visible to traffic, but it can be a lot of fun, too.
If you have been injured in a collision while on your bike, our Ohio motorcycle accident lawyer can help. At Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, our skilled attorneys can determine who is to blame for the crash, and help you obtain the full and fair settlement that will cover the cost of your injuries. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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