Even the best drivers in North Carolina can have trouble being safe when they drive around motorcyclists and bicyclists. Still, as challenging as it may be, being safe is vital. Unlike those who drive or ride in cars and have the protections of airbags, seatbelts and sturdy metal frames, motorcycle and bicycle riders have almost no protection. So, if you get into an auto accident with a bicycle or motorcycle rider, you can cause devastating and possibly fatal injuries.
Here are a few simple steps that you can follow in order to make the road safer for everyone:
- Treat bikes like cars. Never try to pass a motorcycle by encroaching or trying to pass within the same lane. Not only is this illegal, it is also unsafe. If you encounter a bicycle rider who is using the shoulder or a bike lane, make sure you pass as widely as possible. It may be best to simply wait for another lane to clear and then pass the bicycle just as you would do if you were passing a car.
- Check for blind spots. You may not be aware of your own car’s blind spots. Do not rely solely on blind spot detectors or technology. You should actually identify and test your blind spots when you are parked. You can purchase cheap blind spot mirrors to help. It will also help to simply look over your shoulder and do a quick scan before you turn or change lanes.
- Use your turn signals and give a few extra seconds of notice. A few extra seconds can give others more time to react. So, always make sure to use your signals and give a little extra notice to motorcyclists and cyclists who are around you.
What Can You Do to be Safe as a Motorcycle or Bicycle Rider?
If you ride a motorcycle or bicycle, you can take steps as well to enhance your safety and prevent injuries. Here are some simple tips for staying safe:
- Wear a helmet.
- Wear good protective clothing (gloves, boots and a sturdy jacket).
- Use reflective gear.
- Do not ride past your comfort level.
- Do not ride in bad weather.
- Always use signals.
- Ride in pairs or groups.
- Never try to squeeze between vehicles or engage in racing or other reckless driving.
Our experienced Charlotte motorcycle accident and bicycle accident lawyers see the tragic consequences when drivers and riders make critical errors on the road. We hope to increase awareness in order to prevent these accidents. At the same time, we understand that some people refuse to drive reasonably and, in turn, cause crashes that throw innocent victims’ lives into chaos. We are here to help.
If you or a loved one recently suffered injuries in a car, motorcycle or bicycle accident in the Charlotte area through no fault of your own, contact Warren & Kallianos, PLLC, today. We can review your case, explain your legal rights and take immediate steps to pursue all compensation you are due. Call or reach us online today for a free consultation.