Philadelphia Accident Lawyer Discusses Motorcycle Awareness
Car and truck drivers tend to forget that they are not the only drivers on the road. This fact has tragically caused many motorcyclists their lives over the years. Even though we are heading into the colder months, there are still thousands of motorcyclists out on the roads enjoying the fresh air. Now, that’s not to say that car and truck drivers are always at fault for these horrific accidents. To keep everyone safe, whether you are driving a motorcycle, sedan, SUV or a tractor trailer, you must pay attention to the road and be aware of the other vehicles traveling nearby AT ALL TIMES.
One of the biggest issues is that drivers are looking for other cars or trucks while driving and not specifically looking out for motorcycles on the road. When you stop at a stop sign, a traffic light or any time to make a turn, specifically look to see if a motorcycle is approaching, not just other vehicles. Also, check and double check your blind spots before changing lanes or turning as a motorcycle is even more difficult to see than a standard vehicle. In addition to double checking your blind spots, make sure to use turn signals prior to changing lanes or turning to give a motorcyclist traveling close by a warning to keep a safe distance from your vehicle.
It is also known that drivers tend to tailgate and drive too closely behind motorcycles as they feel they do not need maintain such a far distance from the bike. Next time you are traveling behind a motorcycle, think about what would happen if you rear-ended the back of a motorcycle versus another car or truck. If you are involved in a minor “fender-bender” with another vehicle, most likely everyone involved will be okay and only sustain minor injuries, if any. However, if you hit the back of a motorcycle with your vehicle, you could easily severely injure or even kill the motorcyclist. The typical injuries sustained by motorcyclists involved in car accidents include traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, bone fractures and whiplash.
So always maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle and remember a safe distance should be longer than what would be considered safe when traveling behind a regular vehicle.
Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Fight Diligently for the Rights of Injured Motorcyclists
The personal injury lawyers at the law offices of Jay L. Edelstein in Philadelphia represent victims of all kinds of auto accidents, including motorcycle crashes, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Call us at 215-893-9311 or 856-809-3150 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online at myphillypersonalinjurylawyer.com.To keep everyone safe, whether you are driving a motorcycle, sedan, SUV or a tractor trailer, you must pay attention to the road and be aware of the other vehicles traveling nearby AT ALL TIMES.