Recently, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Pueblo. A vehicle in front of the motorcyclist made an abrupt u-turn, causing the motorcyclist to crash into the side of the vehicle. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle, and he suffered serious facial injuries. Even sadder was that the driver of the Honda fled the scene. Motorcycle accidents can have devastating results, but a conscientious driver can often prevent a collision with a motorcycle. If you are a driver, consider the following things you can do to prevent hitting a motorcyclist:
- Be aware of the location of motorcyclists traveling near you.
- Before changing lanes or turning at an intersection, double-check to make sure there is not a motorcyclist in the lane.
- Assume motorcyclists are closer than they appear in your rear-view or side mirrors, and allow the rider enough room to safely travel. Do not pull into a lane directly in front of a motorcyclist or try to share a lane with a motorcyclist.
- If you are driving a larger vehicle, make sure you turn on your blinker early when changing lanes or turning. Not only will this allow motorcyclists to get out of your way if they are traveling in your blind spot, but it will alert other drivers of your intentions.
- When following a motorcyclist, give yourself extra following distance. Wet roads, hazards on the roadway, or other unforeseen circumstances may cause the motorcyclist to swerve, brake, or crash. If you are following the motorcyclist too closely, you may crash into the person, causing extensive bodily damage. Increased following distance will give you a better chance to stop or change lanes to avoid colliding with a motorcyclist.
If you are a motorcyclist, make sure you travel safely on roadways. Remember that it is harder to spot a motorcyclist than a car or other vehicle and that you are less protected if you do get in an accident. If you are a motorcyclist who was hit by a vehicle during a collision, a motorcycle accident attorney can help you. Contact us for a free review of your case.