Whenever there are motorcycles sharing the road with drivers of regular passenger cars, it is critical for those drivers to be aware of their presence and make some simple accommodations in their driving behaviors to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
Here are a few tips to consider.
- Stopping: Remember that motorcycles will often stop faster than other types of vehicles, especially in emergency situations. This is one reason why it’s important to give more space to motorcyclists and avoid tailgating.
- Keep an eye out: Motorcycles have a smaller profile, which makes them a bit more difficult to notice on the road. Drivers should take care to watch for motorcycles before turning and yield the right of way when appropriate.
- Don’t share lanes: Motorcyclists are entitled to the entire lane like any standard passenger car.
- Allow passing: If a motorcycle attempts to pass you, maintain your position in the lane and your speed and allow them to complete the maneuver as quickly as possible.
- Adjust for weather: You should always adjust your driving habits for the weather conditions you’re in, but especially when motorcyclists are present. Wind gusts can push motorcycles around, icy or wet roads can make it harder for motorcycles to maneuver, and loose road surfaces can decrease traction and result in the biker slowing down unexpectedly. In any of these situations, be patient and provide them with more space.
For more information about the steps to take to keep the road safer for motorcyclists, or to proceed with a motorcycle accident case, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.