8 Things to Know About Sharing the Road with St. Louis Motorcyclists

Many accidents occur simply because a motorist fails to notice a motorcyclist on the road.

Collisions between cars and motorcycles are a common cause of road accidents in the United States. An individual driving a car should be extra careful when passing a two-wheeler on the road or when sharing the road with motorcycles. Here are 8 things you should know about motorcycles and motorcyclists.

  1. More than 50% of all serious motorcycle accidents involve another motor vehicle. It may sound strange but most of these accidents occur due to negligent driving by the motorist rather than by the motorcyclist. There are more cars and trucks on the road than there are motorcycles. Spotting a motorcycle on the road is  a lot more difficult than spotting another car, truck, or SUV. Many accidents occur simply because the driver fails to notice a motorcycle on the road.
  2. A motorcycle, due to its small size, often goes unnoticed. It may be hidden behind a bus, truck, bridge or other visual obstruction.
  3. The view of a motorcycle from your mirrors can be deceptive. It may look further away than it really is. Judging the speed of a motorcycle can be difficult as well.
  4. A motorcyclist may slow down or stop suddenly. As a result, any motor vehicle following too closely may hit it from behind. This is why it is important to keep a safe distance when following a motorcycle on the road.
  5. A motorcyclist may suddenly change positions to bypass debris on the road or to pass another vehicle. As a motorist, you should be prepared to handle such movements by the motorcyclist safely.
  6. Some motorcyclists may forget to turn their signal on or off before and after taking a turn. Some motorcycles do not have turn signals, and a motorcyclist may not use hand signals when turning.
  7. Due to its small size, a motorcyclist may weave in and out of traffic. This type of reckless driving can cause an accident.
  8. When you are following a motorcycle on the road, make sure you keep a little more distance from it than you normally keep when following another four wheel vehicle. This is because a motorcycle is more prone to skidding and often has difficulty stopping on the spot.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t talk to the insurance adjuster until you have had a chance to discuss your accident with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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