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4 things you should know about sharing the road with motorcycles

Avoiding accidents and keeping the roads fatality free are responsibilities is a reponsbility of drivers of all types of vehicles. Drivers of automobiles, trucks, big rigs and motorcycles must be aware of not only what they are doing but also what other drivers on the road will do. Anticipating the moves of another driver can save lives and prevent serious injury. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable on the road, as they are less protected than other drivers. To increase safety for motorcycles on highways, freeways and even downtown streets, drivers should follow these rules.

1. Give them adequate space

When you come up on a motorcycle, give it enough room to drive safely. Treat motorcycles just like you treat other vehicles by giving them room and space to drive safely. But keep in mind the fact that in California, lane-splitting by motorcyclists is legal. The motorcyclist that's behind you may make a sudden move between your vehicle and the vehicle in an adjacent lane.

2. Be aware of the weather

Drivers must constantly adapt to the weather, and motorcycle riders are no different. Weather conditions can affect a motorcycle differently than an automobile. Wind makes it harder to control a bike on the road, and rain and snow can make it more difficult for a motorcyclist to control the bike. Poor weather conditions can also make it harder for you to see motorcyclists. Always be aware and alert when poor weather sets in.

3. Give notice when you turn

When there is a motorcycle behind your car, you should always use your turn signal sooner to notify that you are turning or changing lanes. This is a common courtesy when it comes to driving with motorcycles and can help to avoid a deadly pile-up.

4. Triple check your blind spot

One of the most common reasons that vehicles are involved in accidents with motorcycles is that drivers fail to check their blind spots more than once, and it is harder to see a motorcycle than another car or truck. A rider on a motorcycle may blend into the regular sights more easily, so always double and triple check your blind spot before changing lanes or turning. Take time when merging and do not be in such a hurry that you do not devote precious seconds to watch out for your blind spot.

Motorcycle accidents and injuries

When a motorcycle collides with a car, the results can be devastating. If you have been involved in an accident with a vehicle while you were riding on your motorcycle, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

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