Several people prefer motorcycles rather than a more traditional car. The appeal involves the thrill of being out in the open air and being able to weave through cars (although illegal in some states). Additionally, motorcyclists may not realize how fast they are actually going unless they keep a conscious eye on the speedometer and can end up being more reckless than they would initially predict. If you are ever injured in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is contact a personal injury lawyer to advise you on what you should do next.
Cars already have a limited view of their surroundings, as they have several blind spots. It is oftentimes difficult for cars to see other similar-sized vehicles on the road, therefore a smaller and faster motorcycle in a blind spot can be even more dangerous. Large cars, SUVs, and trucks especially have wider ranges of blind spots. Motorcyclists need to keep that in mind and make sure that they are able to see other drivers’ mirrors to ensure that the drivers can see them and their motorcycles.
Motorcycles obviously have less protection than a regular car. Some states require motorcyclists to wear helmets, but many states have no such requirement. Not wearing a helmet, along with the lack of protection surrounding a motorcycle driver could easily cause serious and/or fatal injuries. While driving a motorcycle could make you feel “free” out in the open breeze, you are also subject to more potential injuries. Head-on collisions could cause you to fall off your motorcycle or be crushed by an oncoming car.
Turning with motorcycles is different than with a car, especially with sharp turns. Motorcycles can be difficult to control, and you could easily lose control of one while turning. Turning includes knowing which speed to accelerate at and the balance of where to lean. Many accidents have been caused due to poorly judging a turn and falling over.
Alcohol has been a huge reason why vehicle accidents have occurred. This is not limited to cars, but also motorcycles. Alcohol impairs drivers, and even just one drink could impair a driver and cause a lack of judgment. Additionally, there are many people who drive motorcycles as a hobby with a group of other motorcyclists. This can lead to “bar hopping” and can be extremely dangerous.
As with other vehicles, distractions are also a major cause of motorcycle accidents. Checking your phone, even for just a few seconds, can cause you to lose control or miss a traffic condition. Not looking forward and being attentive will lead to you not seeing if a car in front suddenly brakes or if there are other conditions that require you to move out of the way or avoid. Keeping your phone away from you at all times while driving a motorcycle will not only ensure that you will see more clearly, but you will also avoid disastrous accidents from distractions that can wait once you are parked.
Driving a motorcycle can be fun, but if you choose to do so, you need to recognize that it comes with added responsibility. Not only will you put your life in danger, but you could also endanger another person’s life for being careless. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings, wear a helmet, and remember that more fun comes with more responsibility. Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to help if you ever find yourself in such a predicament.