An experienced motorcyclist understands the distinct differences of riding on rural, suburban, and urban roads. Unfortunately, cars in the city are not always aware of the motorcycles traveling near them. As a result, accidents can happen, and the motorcyclist is likely to sustain serious injuries because of their lack of protection.
No matter how long you’ve been riding a motorcycle, it’s never a bad idea to brush up on your skills and learn about new ways to protect yourself from negligent drivers. There are a number of unique dangers for motorcycles in cities. Being aware of how to avoid them can prevent an accident and save your life.
Evaluate Road Conditions Before Riding
Motorcycles are not meant to be driven in all types of weather. It’s crucial to check the forecast before heading out for the day. If there’s a chance it could rain or snow, riding a motorcycle will put you at a higher risk of getting into an accident. This is because motorcycles only have two wheels and are easily knocked off balance in poor weather. It can also be difficult for cities to maintain their roads in snow when they’re trying to keep highways and interstates clear.
In addition to the weather, it’s important to be aware of the condition of the road you’re riding on. Always keep an eye out for potholes or uneven pavement, so you can get out of the way if need be.
Drivers in larger cars and trucks aren’t always on the lookout for something as small as a motorcycle, especially in busy city traffic. A significant number of accidents occur because the driver was unaware of the motorcyclist’s presence. Because of the increased traffic and narrower roads in the city, it’s crucial to stay visible at all times.
There are things you can do to improve the chances of other drivers seeing you. To make yourself more visible you should consider wearing brightly colored safety gear and clothing, using reflective tape on your bike, staying out of blind spots, tapping your breaks to alert the driver behind you of changes, and using your high beams and horn.
It’s easy to get distracted while driving in the city, no matter what type of vehicle you’re using. There’s always something to see on the next corner, but it’s crucial to stay focused on the road and refrain from letting your mind wander. In addition to the road in front of them, motorcyclists also need to scan everything in their peripheral, to ensure a vehicle isn’t getting too close to them. It’s easy to become too cautious and only focus on the vehicles ahead of you. A motorcycle rider needs to keep their head on a swivel, which will ensure they are riding safely in a busy environment.
Approach Intersections with Caution
Intersections can be dangerous for all drivers, but motorcyclists are most at risk for sustaining fatal injuries because of their exposure to the elements. Drivers who are yielding at a light to turn left are likely to see the cars passing by them, but they might not see a motorcyclist. To catch the turning driver’s eye, it’s a good idea to get close to the center line. This will make you more visible. Weaving slightly will also make your headlight a moving object. If you’re the one turning, never cut a vehicle off. Always yield properly and wait to turn until it’s safe.
Understand How to Escape a Lane
It’s important to constantly be aware of the available road space ahead, in case you need to make an emergency maneuver to avoid a crash. If the car in front of you stops abruptly but the car behind you doesn’t have time to stop, you could end up getting crushed in between the two cars. To avoid this, it’s crucial to have an escape lane. This is the widest empty slot, typically to your right. If you don’t have an escape lane because of parked cars, make sure to keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you and flash your brake lights to get the attention of the driver behind you.
When a motorcyclist is hit, the rider is likely to suffer physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Negligent drivers rarely take responsibility for their actions, which is where we come in. If you’ve been hit by a vehicle in a city like Lexington or any other part of Kentucky, our lawyers are prepared to help you seek the compensation you need and deserve. Recovery can be a long process. With the right legal team by your side, you can focus on healing without worrying about money. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about how we can help.