As a motor vehicle driver, you need to realize one thing: You have to share the road with others at all times. There is no two ways about this. If you aren’t willing to share the road, you could cause an accident.
While you may understand your responsibilities, it doesn’t mean that every other driver feels the same way. This is particularly true when it comes to sharing the road with motorcyclists. As you know, a motorcycle accident can be extremely dangerous. A biker doesn’t have much protection between him or herself and the other vehicle.
To help prevent motorcycle accidents, you need to know where these are most likely to happen:
— Left turns. When an automobile driver makes a left turn in front of a motorcycle, there is a greater chance of an accident. The driver must leave enough space to comfortably complete the turn.
— Car’s blind spot. Motorcyclists should never drive in a car’s blind spot, as this greatly increases the chance of an accident.
— Tailgating. A motor vehicle driver should never tailgate a motorcycle. All it takes is one sudden stop to cause an accident.
These are just a few instances in which a motorcycle accident is most likely to occur. It’s important for all drivers to realize that a motorcycle accident can happen at any time.
It doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you are in, make sure you do your best to avoid trouble on the road. If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, don’t wait to call the authorities for medical assistance.
Source: Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, “Sharing The Road With Motorcycles,” accessed May 24, 2016