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How can I prevent an accident with a motorcyclist?

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It is no secret that the roadways in Kentucky are extremely popular with motorcyclists across the country. With all of our beautiful nature and wild winding roads, it is not hard to see why. However, whether you are a motorcycle enthusiast or not, it is important to understand how to share the road with them. Nobody wants to be in an accident with a motorcycle, whether they are riding one or not. According to driving-tests.org, many accidents involving automobiles and motorcycles are the automobile driver’s fault, so it is important to stay vigilant.

The first and arguably the most important thing is to always check your blind spots. Motorcycles are notoriously difficult to see due to their slim profile. You want to actively be turning your head to check your blind spots and not just rely on your mirrors if you want to ensure that there are no motorcyclists around your car.

You will also want to be extra cautious when you are trying to pass a motorcyclist. This is because if you are too close to the motorcyclist the amount of wind your vehicle generates while passing may throw the motorcyclist off-balance. It is a good idea to signal a lane change with a motorcyclist well before you get out of your initial lane. Once you are through passing, you will want to put several car lengths between yourself and the motorcyclist before merging again.

Finally, be especially careful at left turns. This is probably where the most automobile-vehicular accidents occur. Before you take a left turn, always be aware of the potential of motorcyclists passing through the intersection.