Getting into a motorcycle accident is a frightening and life-changing experience. It can leave motorcyclists with injuries that can take months to recover from or even a permanent disability. Though you are not able to control how other people drive on the road, you can minimize your chances of getting into a serious accident by practicing safe, cautious and defensive driving. Be aware of the following mistakes so that you can avoid getting into an accident.
Weaving through Lanes of Traffic
Because motorcycles are smaller and faster than many other vehicles on the road, some motorcyclists cross multiple lanes of traffic at once. This practice is dangerous and discouraged because you may strike other vehicles in your path, especially vehicles changing lanes or merging onto the road. Other drivers don’t have enough warning and fail to see you so they may strike your motorcycle as well.
Making Improper Left Turns
Left-turn collisions make up a large portion of motorcycle accidents. They are common at four-way stops or at intersections where there are unprotected left turns. Some drivers are in a rush and turn too early when other vehicles from the opposite direction are traveling at a high speed. When a driver makes a poorly timed left turn, they can get into a T-bone accident, where another vehicle strikes them from the side. This can result in catastrophic injuries.
Illegal Lane Splitting
Do not lane split while you are riding a motorcycle. Though lane splitting is permitted in some areas, it is against the law in the state of Washington. Lane splitting is the practice of riding a motorcycle in between two lanes while traffic is slow or at a standstill. It poses many risks, but many motorcyclists lane split because it is convenient and allows them to easily go through traffic.
Driving Under the Influence
As one of the most common violations of traffic law, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a problem across all states. Despite the dangers, too many people underestimate how substances will impair their senses. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable because motorcycles lack the protections that a car or truck have. Avoid operating a motorcycle or any type of vehicle if you have had a drink or have taken drugs or other substances.
Do your part to stay safe on the road and keep other people safe. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident where you have partial blame or the accident was caused by another driver, you may benefit from speaking with a motorcycle accident lawyer like one from Park Chenaur & Associates, Inc., P.S., Schedule a free consultation with a lawyer to explore your legal options.