Consider an average-sized vehicle traveling in the middle of a three lane highway. With normal vision and functioning mirrors, that driver can see:

  • The area directly in front of the car
  • The area directly behind the car
  • The area in adjacent lanes behind the rear of the car, closest to the lane their car is traveling in

That driver cannot see:

  • The area right next to the car
  • The area in adjacent lanes behind the rear of the car, furthest from the lane their car is traveling in.

Blind spots for larger vehicles, such as semi-trucks, can be dozens or hundreds of feet long.

Riders can avoid accidents by following these tips:

  • Never ride next to another vehicle. Always stay slightly ahead of the car or well behind it, even if you are in another lane.
  • Look for the driver’s face in his/her side mirror. If you cannot see his/her face, s/he cannot see you.
  • Make eye contact with the driver.
  • Never move into another driver’s blind spot while you are changing lanes.
  • Use turn signals (either electronic or hand signals) when changing lanes or turning.
  • Remember to check your own blind spots and, if necessary, install additional mirrors on your motorcycle.
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing.
  • Always be prepared for evasive actions.

Tips for Drivers to Avoid Accidents with Motorcycles

The number one thing that drivers can do to avoid crashing into a motorcyclist is to check their blind spots. Do not rely solely on your rearview and side mirrors. Instead, turn your head to check your blind spot before changing lanes or making a turn in a congested area.

Additionally, drivers should leave extra space between their car and any motorcyclists. After parallel parking, but before opening the car door, make sure to check for motorcyclists in the road. Never tailgate or cut off a rider.

Remember, driving a motorcycle requires a lot of skill in handling. Certain things that may only be a minor inconvenience for you, such as bad weather conditions, potholes, or railroad crossings, may make it difficult for a motorcyclist to maintain control over his/her bike. Be aware of these difficulties and allow extra space and time for motorcyclists on the road.

Remember, even a minor fender bender or bump from behind can be fatal for a motorcyclist. Whenever possible, make eye contact with motorcyclists and always check your blind spots. It may save a life.

For more safety advice like this, check out our blog. And if you were involved in a car or motorcycle accident, contact the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. at 404-474-0804 for help today. 

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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