As a motorcyclist, you are especially vulnerable on the road because you lack the protection of a vehicle body like car and truck drivers have. In addition, because motorcycles are so much smaller, this makes it easier for you to fall into the blind spot of another vehicle. When you have been injured in a blind spot motorcycle accident, it can be hard to determine liability. Read on to find out more!
Understanding Blind Spots
Blind spots refer to sections of the road that are not visible to a driver through their side- and rearview mirrors. In order to see them, the driver has to physically move their head or body. Every vehicle has its blind spots, and this can be caused by backseats, window pillars and headrests. The number of blind spots as well as where they are located differs based on the dimensions of each vehicle. This can also change when drivers are changing lines or backing up.
Drivers should take the time to identify all possible blind spots before driving a vehicle that is new to them. This can be done by sitting down and looking over their shoulders, then checking their rearview mirrors to determine what they cannot see.
Minimizing the Risk of Blind Spot Accidents
Although it may not be possible to eliminate blind spots entirely, there are some best practices drivers should follow to reduce the risk of accidents. These include:
- Ensuring that rearview mirrors are properly adjusted before driving
- Slowing down around corners to allow motorcyclists to enter the driver’s line of sight
- Using turn signals to alert motorcyclists to their intended course of direction
- Checking blind spots before taking sudden actions such as backing up
- … and more!
If a vehicle driver failed to do any of the above, they could be liable for blind spot motorcycle accidents that occur.
Protecting Yourself as a Motorcyclist
Most motorcyclists are already well aware of the danger they are open to on the road. To this end, you will want to keep in mind the following best practices:
- Keep your headlights on to remain more visible to other vehicles
- Where possible, wear brightly colored clothing to make yourself easier to spot
- Avoid driving directly behind cars and trucks, making sure to keep a safe distance at all times
- If you need to pass other vehicles, do so quickly to minimize the amount of time you are in a blind spot
- … and more!
Corradino & Papa, LLC Can Represent Motorcycle Accident Victims
Are you a motorcyclist who has been injured in a blind spot accident by a car or truck? Even if you are unsure how to determine liability for the accident, a personal injury lawyer can assist you every step of the way, from discussing the circumstances of your case to evidence collection. Feel free to get in touch with our team to kickstart your free consultation today!
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