Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
When you are driving a motorcycle, you must be vigilant about the blind spot of the cars and trucks around you. This is especially true because bikes are smaller than passenger cars and this makes them harder to see. This means that it is very likely and very easy for a motorist driving a car or a truck to not see you on your motorcycle; and when this happens and you were in that particular vehicle’s blind spot, a collision may occur.
When a collision occurs and you are in the blind spot this can cause life-threatening injuries to the motorcyclist. If you are in an accident, and you are in this accident Scottsdale, AZ reach out to a motorcycle accident lawyer.
An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer like the ones available at Yearin Law Office is going to be able to understand how the accident occurred, they are going to be able to point out who is liable, and they are going to be able to teach you how to be safe on the road and avoid blind spots.
First you need to know how to identify blind spots, and these are the areas around a vehicle where the driver or the writer is not going to be able to directly see you. Every vehicle has a blind spot, even motorcycles. However blind spots are bigger for larger vehicles, which means that a vehicle list who tries to turn or change lanes while they are in the path of a motorcyclist that they do not see will cause a serious accident.
Some common areas for blind spots are:
- The area between what you see when looking forward and what is in your rearview mirror.
- The area that is hidden from view because of the bodywork to your vehicle when looking in your mirrors.
Different vehicles have different blind spots based solely on their design; head restraints or window pillars can even cause blind spots as well. So knowing about the type of vehicle you were driving next to is going to help you greatly in discovering this vehicle’s blind spots and avoiding them while you are on a motorcycle.
To further reduce the risk of a blind spot accident, motorcyclists and motorists can both follow some important safety measures. If you are a motorist and you are worried about the care of motorcyclists that may be in your blind spots, you should ensure that you are properly adjusting your rearview mirror so that your rearview window is totally framed and adjusting the side mirrors so that they point toward your blind spot. You should ensure you’re looking over your shoulder before you are changing lanes and merging with traffic. This will help you see if a motorcyclist was in a blind spot. You should use your blinker so that other motorcyclists alike can anticipate your action. You should stay alert and aware of what other motorcycles and motorists are doing.
If you are a motorcyclist, you must take extra steps to ensure your own safety. While everyone on the road has a specific duty of care to everyone else on the road including safety, motorcyclists are accepting an implied risk when they drive motorcycles. You should avoid driving and blind spots, and the best way to do this is to right in front of or behind a vehicle. You should drive defensively and scan the area in front of you and give yourself extra space while riding. You should wear brightly colored clothing and keep your headlights on, and if you are passing a vehicle you should do so quickly.