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Tips for Preventing Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are inherently less safe than cars, lacking many of the safety features that help minimize the vulnerability of drivers and passengers during an accident. While they may be dangerous, the freedom they provide is part of a motorcycle’s allure. There are ways to reduce the likelihood of an accident by simply exercising caution and embracing safe driving practices. Here are some tips to prevent some of the most common motorcycle accidents.

  • A vehicle turns left in front of you: One of the most common motorcycle accidents occurs when a vehicle turns left, either because the driver cannot see the rider, misjudges its speed, or simply is not paying attention. To avoid this, look for signs that a driver may turn in front of you. Observing a car’s wheels will indicate in which direction they plan on moving, but it is important to remain aware of all of your surroundings. Always have an exit prepared in case you need to move quickly to avoid a collision.
  • Hitting gravel in a blind corner: If you are going at a fast speed on some twists and turns, you could unexpectedly hit a patch of sand or gravel in your path. To avoid this, ride at a pace that allows you the chance to react in time to these obstacles. When entering a corner, going in slow is a good rule of thumb. You can increase your speed on the way out when visibility is no longer an issue.
  • A vehicle changes lanes in front of you: Motorcycles are small and easily get lost in the blind spots of vehicles. A car might suddenly change into your lane without even realizing you are there, resulting in an accident. Always assume that cars cannot see you, and be aware of situations in which lane changes are more probably.
  • A car rear-ends you: Between two cars, this type of accident is usually not too serious. When a motorcycle is involved, however, it can be deadly. If you are stopped in a line of cars, pull to the front or in between lanes, to avoid the possibility of a rear-end impact.
  • A car opens its door: Someone is not looking and swings a door wide open, which a motorcyclist crashes into. To prevent this from happening to you, never ride between an active traffic lane and parked cars.
  • Driving under the influence: It is against the law and common sense not to drive under the influence, but many motorcyclists drink before hopping on their bike for a ride. To put it simply, never drink and drive.

Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents are often devastating, if not fatal. If you or a member of your family was injured or died due to someone else’s negligence, you can seek compensation and justice. At Kaufman Law, P.C., our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

Call us today at (404) 355-4000 for a free consultation.