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Defensive driving tips for motorcyclists

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2018 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Taking a motorcycle out on the roads of North Carolina represents a genuine pleasure for some people. Because motorcycles leave their riders physically exposed, motorcyclists should exercise great caution and employ specific strategies that could reduce the chances of accident and injury.

When a biker passes another vehicle, the motorcycle enters the blind spots of other drivers. As much speed as is safely possible should be used to limit time spent in blind spots. Before moving in and out of lanes, motorcyclists need to triple-check that they have space to complete the pass. When vehicles pass a motorcyclist, the operator might avoid hazards, like large mirrors or wind gusts, by traveling in the center of the lane.

Intersections create another hazard for hard-to-see bikers. Motorcyclists should leave their headlights on at all times and approach intersections near the middle of the road to increase visibility.

The handling of a motorcycle changes when a passenger joins an operator. Lower speeds will help people adapt to the altered performance of the vehicle. Passengers need to hold the operator around the waist and keep feet on the footrests. They also need to lean into the curves.

Caution is essential when driving a motorcycle because an accident could produce traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or other severe disabilities. Because a person coping with the aftermath of a bad accident might find paperwork and telephone calls challenging, working with an attorney may be a good option when making a personal injury claim. An attorney may assemble documentation about the driver who caused the wreck and use it to justify insurance claims. If a responsible party attempts to avoid paying a realistic settlement, an attorney may file a lawsuit and pursue a jury award of damages.