Experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys are aware of the common problems and accidents that are faced by motorcycle
riders in the Hudson Valley regions of New York. Head on collisions, rear
end collisions, side impact collisions, and motorcycle accidents caused
by dangerous road conditions happen every year in our area. In fact, one
common cause of motorcycle accidents happens when a car or truck changes
lanes and collides with a biker riding next to the vehicle.
Quite plainly, these types of
motorcycle accidents should never happen and can be easily prevented. Motorists are charged
to use reasonable care when driving and this includes the responsibility
to look out for motorcyclists and other roadway users. But of course,
some motorists never mind to look for other traffic. They just change
If a motorist breaches the duty of care that he or she owes to other roadway
users, the motorists can be sued by anyone injured by such a breach. Injured
motorcyclists can seek compensation via civil litigation. However, it
is always better to drive defensively and avoid the accident all together.
What types of things can motorcyclists do to prevent a
motorcycle accident in which a vehicle driver changes lanes into a neighboring motorcyclist?
First, keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles. Defensive
driving courses teach riders to ride at a safe distance from cars. This
does not only mean from the front to back. It includes side to side as well.
Also, understand where cars have blind spots. Avoiding these blind spots
can keep the rider safe. Look at the driver to see if he or she is looking
for other people on the road.
Try to anticipate when a vehicle may attempt a lane change. If road conditions
suggest that lane changes are likely, then be on the lookout. For example,
if there is construction ahead, or vehicles stopped, it is likely that
drivers will be changing lanes.
And then there is the obvious. Look at the car’s lights and notice
if a directional light is on. Obviously, if a directional light is on,
anticipate that the driver is getting ready to change lanes. Riders can
also keep an eye out for the motorist’s physical movements. The
driver can be turning his/her head to look for traffic to the left or right.
Learn more about the most typical motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them in
our latest article posted here. Read about how improper left turns in front of oncoming traffic can be
deadly for a motorcyclist in
our blog post available here. Read about lessons on how to stay safe riding motorcycles when confronted
with various roadway situations inour blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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