Newburgh area residents are half way through motorcycle awareness month,
and if you have read are other posts, you have noticed that a lot of time
was spent on educating motorcyclists about being safer riders.
Our post yesterday provided many motorcycle safety tips and guidelines for motorists to follow, utilize, and to share with other riders. The
best form of protection is your own; it is the only one you can control yourself.
But roadway safety is a two-way street. Other motorists of cars, trucks,
vans, SUVs, and also bicyclists and pedestrians all share the road and
must do so safely. Having that in mind,
experienced Newburgh motorcyclist accident attorneys would like to share useful tips with car and truck drivers about riders
Trucks and cars dominate New York roadways, and as a result motorcyclists
are easily ignored. So it may then come as no surprise when we tell you
that more than half of
motorcycle accidents in which the rider was killed involved another vehicle. Therefore, be
on the lookout for motorcycles.
We know that it is easier said than done; but seeing the narrow stance
of a motorcycle, and taking an extra minute to look, is not that hard
either. Also be mindful that one’s depth perception is easily tricked
by motorcycles; therefore, realize that bikers are probably closer to
you than you realize and they are most likely going faster than your perception
can pick up on.
Additionally, people who have never operated a motorcycle might not know
that motorcycle turn signals do not self-cancel. Also, bikers tend to
decelerate by downshifting or reducing the throttle as opposed to braking;
so brake lights will not be activated. Of course, motorcycles have a harder
time stopping on slick surfaces as compared to traditional vehicles.
Understand that you need to keep a further distance away from motorcycles
as compared to other vehicles; rear ending a car doesn’t carry the
same danger as does rear ending a motorcycle. Remember, motorcycles do
not have seat belts, airbags, or an interior cabin surrounded by a steal
frame, or other safety or structural components like other vehicles. This
is why even an apparently trivialmotorcycle accident can result in severe injury.
While we offer safety tips relevant to all drivers, but stress them here
because the consequences of colliding with a motorcycle can easily cause
devastating effects. Always stay at least two seconds behind the motorcycle
or other vehicle in front of you; preferably four or more (this gauges
car lengths and will extend longer based on how fast you are traveling).
Check your blind spots regularly and be on the lookout for large trucks
that can hide the presence of another vehicle. Always look prior to turning;
look left, right, and then left again, for example. Drive defensively,
courteously, and focus on getting home safely.
Are you interested in learning more safety tips and guidelines for motorcycle riders?
Read our latest article here to learn more general tips, choosing the proper helmet and clothing, and
taking a safety course to help avoid careless accidents. Also, learn more
about picking the proper helmet for you and how it can
save your life by clicking here and why motorcycle safety courses are important aspects in your safety
clicking on the link here.
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