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Driving Mistakes That Can Injure Motorcyclists

Posted on in Car Accidents

Texas motorcycle accident injury lawyerDrivers in cars or trucks should be well aware that they are sharing the roads with motorcyclists. Now that the weather has warmed up, more people are using motorcycles to get around or even just riding for enjoyment. With the current gas prices, motorcyclists may even manage to save a bit of money considering the fuel efficiency of a bike compared to a car. However, there is one major disadvantage to riding a motorcycle - it can be considerably more dangerous than driving a car. When a motorcycle crashes, the person or people on the bike have no protection other than the gear they are wearing. 

Unfortunately, not all drivers are as attentive as they should be when it comes to preventing motorcycle accidents. If you were injured by a negligent driver while riding a motorcycle, we may be able to help you recover full compensation. 

How Careless Drivers Put Motorcyclists at Risk

When drivers are alert and mindful that there are bikes around them, most crashes can be avoided. A few careless habits some drivers have that put riders in danger include: 

  • Not checking blind spots - There is a reason that student drivers are constantly told to turn around and check their blind spots before changing lanes. Checking the blind spot is a crucial final step to ensure that it is safe to merge. Drivers may not be able to see a motorcycle in front of a larger vehicle they are passing. When they do not check the blind spot, there is a risk that they could hit a motorcyclist or run them off the road. 
  • Weaving through traffic - Aggressive drivers may change lanes frequently, attempting to pass everyone else and shave a few minutes off their drive. A driver who recklessly weaves through traffic can easily fail to spot a motorcycle. 
  • Distraction - An alert and attentive driver should be able to spot a motorcycle. A driver who is distracted - usually by their cell phone - is paying much less attention to the road and may not even see a motorcycle until it is too late. 
  • Tailgating - It is particularly important for a driver who is behind a motorcycle to leave extra room. Rear-ending a motorcycle can be devastating for the rider. 

Cautious drivers do not make these types of mistakes. Most car v. motorcycle accidents can be avoided. If a careless driver injured you, you may be entitled to compensation. 

Contact a Nueces County Motorcycle Accident Attorney

The Edwards Law Firm is committed to helping motorcyclists who have been injured by negligent drivers. Our experienced Corpus Christi motorcycle accident lawyers will do everything in our power to get you full compensation for your injuries. Call 361-698-7600 for a free consultation. 

 

Source: 

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycles

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