When a motorcyclist drives by, it can be hard not to pay attention to the rider heading toward the adventure of the open road.
Unfortunately for motorcycle riders however, some drivers aren’t watching for them and are causing serious accidents on Texas roads. On average, one person in Texas loses their life every day because of a motorcycle accident and many more suffer significant injuries.
Drivers can avoid these incidents by keeping a few important tips in mind. They need to share the road with motorcyclists, just like they would with any other vehicle. Motorcyclists are entitled to the full lane when they ride.
Drivers should be aware of their surroundings
The combination of traffic, distracted driving and difficulty seeing motorcyclists can also lead to accidents so it is important for drivers to be aware of their surroundings. It’s helpful for drivers to look for motorcyclists twice at intersections as well, since those can be especially hazardous for riders.
Drivers shouldn’t follow too closely or turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. They should also make sure to use a turn signal when changing lanes and stay within the speed limit.
Riders who have been injured in an accident with a driver may face unexpected medical expenses. It can be difficult to know where to start if this happens.
The insurance company may also contact the rider regarding accident claims. An experienced attorney can advocate for the rider’s rights and pursue compensation on the rider’s behalf.
Motorcyclists have a right to safe travel on the roads. Drivers who slow down, pay attention to their surroundings and share the road can save a life.