Ways to Avoid Blind Spot Motorcycle Accidents
Blind spots are one of the most common causes of vehicular collisions. Every vehicle has blind spots which every driver should be aware of. The larger the car, the larger the blind spots. Blind spots are more dangerous to motorcyclists. The size of the motorcycle makes it more difficult for motorists to see them through their blind spots.
No matter how often a driver checks his mirrors, blind spots will still prevent them from seeing the other motorist. When the driver then makes a turn or changes lane, it can be into the direct path of another motorist. If both are unaware, it can lead to a potential collision.
Blind spots can cause collisions and crashes, which can be fatal to motorcyclists. The lack of protection to the rider makes collisions far more dangerous for them than for car drivers.
How to Identify Blind Spots
Blind spots are the areas around a vehicle where the driver has no direct visibility. You cannot see these areas in your rear-view mirror or side mirrors. All vehicles – big or small, trucks, and even motorcycles – have blind spots. Blind spots are dangerous, especially for drivers making a turn or changing lanes.
The common blind spots for motorists include:
- The area between what the driver sees when you look forward and what you can see in your rearview mirror.
- The areas that are hidden when you look at your mirror because of the physical form of the vehicle.
Vehicles will have different blind spots because of their varying size, design, and build.
How to Reduce the Risk of Blind Spot Accidents
Both motorists and motorcyclists can reduce the risks of accidents caused by blind spots. Follow these safety measures to make the road a much safer place for everyone.
Tips for Drivers and Motorists
- Adjust your mirrors.
Adjusting the rear-view and side-view mirrors should be part of every driver’s inspection before he drives off. The rear-view mirror should properly frame the rear-view window, and the side-view mirrors should point toward the blind spots.
- Look over your shoulder.
You cannot see blind spots in your mirrors. Before turning or changing lanes, look over your shoulder to assess the situation. If you do not see any nearby cars or motorcycles in your target lane, then it is safe to change lanes.
- Use proper signals.
You will need to inform other drivers of what you intend to do. Flip on your turn signals before you change lanes or make that turn.
- Keep your hand steady on the wheel.
Keep your hands steady on the wheel to ensure that you don’t accidentally veer out of your lane while making the necessary checks.
- Ask for help.
If you have passengers with you, do not hesitate to ask for their assistance. Ask for help if they have a better and more unobstructed view of your blind spots.
- Stay alert.
Driving requires your focus and complete attention. Stay alert and always be aware of other motorists in your blind spots.
Tips for Motorcyclists
All drivers and motorists have the responsibility to stay alert and practice safety on the road. However, motorcyclists must take extra steps to reduce the risks they face on the road. Motorcyclists face more danger than any other motorists. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to severe injuries in collisions and crashes. A motorcyclist can also help reduce his risk of being involved in blind spot motorcycle accidents.
- Avoid riding in possible blind spots.
Motorcyclists must also be aware of the possible blind spots of larger vehicles. The best way to avoid blind spot motorcycle accidents is to avoid riding in these blind spots. Avoid riding in the side of larger vehicles. Avoid riding in the right and left rear of other cars as well.
- Practice defensive driving.
Be aware of your surroundings. Scan your front, and anticipate the actions of other motorists.
- Maintain a safe distance.
Leave sufficient space between you and the driver in front of you. It will give you enough time to react should they change lanes, make a turn, or suddenly step on the brakes.
- Make yourself visible.
Pretend you are invisible on the road. Wear brightly colored clothing or reflective gears. It will make you more visible to other motorists, especially during nighttime. Keep your headlights on too to improve your visibility.
- Pass a vehicle safely and quickly.
If you have to pass another vehicle, do it quickly, so you stay in their blind spot in the shortest time possible.
Contact a Reputable Michigan Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Even if you ride safely and defensively, accidents can still happen. If you get involved in a blind spot motorcycle collision, call a reputable Michigan motorcycle lawyer from The Clark Law Office as soon as possible. Your lawyer will help you build your case so you will be rightly compensated for your injuries and damages. Call (517)347-6900 today to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney