of both the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident and the rider of the motorcycle.
While motorcycles are smaller than cars, they are not invisible, so when you are behind the wheel of your car, make sure you take extra precaution and heighten your level of awareness. As a motorcycle rider however, you do have to be more proactive in making sure you avoid collisions with other drivers.
Here are five common causes of motorcycle accidents to keep in mind when you’re driving so you can do your part to avoid being a contributing factor (or an innocent victim) in an accident:
- Be prepared to take evasive action if necessary, such as when a vehicle makes an unexpected maneuver in front of you.
- Follow the same rules of the road that apply to vehicles. Just because you’re on a motorcycle that is smaller and faster does not mean you should drive recklessly or irresponsibly.
- Be alert to road conditions, such as areas where gravel or sand may be present that could affect your motorcycle’s ability to retain traction, especially when you are turning and the bike’s center of gravity is less stable.
- Always pay attention to posted speed limits, and stick to them.
- Do not ride in the blind spot of another vehicle. You are already smaller than they are, and you become even less visible in their blind spot.
Stay safe on the road and pay attention to your surroundings at all times. If you are involved in an accident, contact an attorney at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld to find out how to proceed with protecting your rights.
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