Understanding the characteristics of motorcycle behavior on the road may prevent a serious motorcycle accident and the need for the services of the best Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney.
- Motorcycles are unique vehicles that use the road. They are smaller and narrower than most other vehicles, giving us some extra things to consider, if we want to be safe on the road.
- Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Drivers should allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist to slow down without visual warning.
- Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle’s signal is for real.
- Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of wind, road debris, and passing vehicles. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off.
- Because of its small size, a motorcycle seems to be moving faster than it really is. Don’t think motorcyclists are speed demons.
- Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection, estimate that a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
- Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden by objects inside or outside a car (door posts, mirrors, passengers, bushes, fences, bridges, blind spots, etc). Take an extra moment to check traffic thoroughly, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.
- Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can’t always stop “on a dime.” Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle’s better characteristics, but only at slower speeds and with good road conditions. Don’t expect a motorcyclist always to be able to dodge out of the way.
- Carrying a passenger complicates a motorcyclist’s task. Balance is more difficult. Stopping distance is increased. Maneuverability is reduced. Predict more problems when you see two on a motorcycle, especially near intersections. Mirrors are smaller on a motorcycle and usually convex. This gives the motorcyclist a smaller image of you and makes you appear farther back than you actually are. Keep at least a three or four second space cushion when following a motorcyclist.
- There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don’t “recognize” a motorcycle and ignore it, usually unintentionally. Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at an intersection.
- At night, single headlights and taillights on motorcycles can blend into the lights of other traffic. Those “odd” lights could be a motorcycle. When a motorcycle is in motion, don’t think of it as motorcycle; think of it as a person.
- The best way to avoid a motorcycle accident, whether you are on a motorcycle or in a motor vehicle, is to be safe. If you, or someone you know, have become injured while riding a motorcycle, you may not be responsible for any costs incurred. At Rosenblum Law Offices, we can help handle all aspects of your motorcycle accident, and will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact our offices today at (702) 433-2889 and see how our experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorney can help.