At the offices of John D. Halepaska, we’re here to provide motorcycle accident injury attorney services for those who have been injured while riding a motorcycle. There are thousands of deaths and injuries in the United States every year to motorcyclists, and we want to help those who are due compensation from at-fault parties to get what they deserve.

Of course, our preference would be that no such motorcycle accidents ever take place to begin with. Unfortunately, a great number of these are caused by car drivers who share the road incorrectly or don’t know how to drive near a motorcycle. If this is the case for you, you’re risking both an accident and damage liability every time you drive in public. With that in mind, let’s go over three common areas where vehicle drivers often err while driving near motorcyclists, to ensure you aren’t the cause of an accident.

Lane Concerns

Perhaps the most common mistake car drivers make when dealing with motorcyclists is assuming that just because they drive a much thinner vehicle, they don’t require – or don’t have the right to – a full lane on the road. This is simply untrue in all situations. Motorcycles are afforded their own lane in traffic and should be treated in the exact same manner as a sedan or SUV when it comes to the way you operate in lanes.

This means that if you’re changing lanes to pass a motorcyclist, you have to get fully in the passing lane. Even if it looks like there’s room for you to squeeze by in the same lane, there likely isn’t – and if an accident takes place, you’ll be the one at fault.

Checking Blind Spots

It should be obvious and avoidable, but the number one listed reason for accidents involving motor vehicles of all types is people not checking their blind spots. If you aren’t aware, the blind spot refers to the area on both sides of any vehicle that will be invisible to your line of view using rear-view mirrors – when switching lanes, for instance, we should always be checking our blind spot to make sure there isn’t a car approaching the area we’re turning into.

This theme extends to car drivers sharing the road with motorcyclists, as well – but with added emphasis. Motorcycles are smaller than standard passenger cars, so they can be a bit tougher to pick out. Particularly when the weather is nice and motorcyclists are more common on the road, be very careful about checking blind spots.

Turn Signal Cancellation

Most of us are used to vehicles that have self-cancelling turn signals – that is, when you’ve completed most of your turn, the car automatically snaps the turn signal off for you. But many motorcycles don’t have these same self-cancelling signals, so you may see them driving with a turn signal on for a long period of time. If this happens, just keep your distance back in case they attempt to turn without realizing they’ve left their signal on.

For more on staying safe while sharing the road with motorcyclists, or to learn about any of our motorcycle injury or personal injury lawyer services, speak to the staff at the offices of John D. Halepaska today.