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Why drivers need to be cautious around motorcycles

| Jan 4, 2021 | Driver Safety

Anyone can be injured in a car accident in South Dakota, but motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable. Since they have much less protection than people in passenger vehicles, an otherwise minor accident could quickly become deadly. For this reason, drivers need to be vigilant when they see motorcyclists on the road.

How can drivers be cautious around motorcyclists?

Intersections are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. If a car tries to get around them or pulls out in front of them, the resulting motorcycle accidents could be deadly. It’s important for cars to keep their distance and give motorcyclists plenty of space on the road.

Drivers should also keep their distance if there’s a motorcycle driving in front of them on the highway. If the motorcycle suddenly stops, the driver needs enough time to hit the brakes and avoid rear-ending the person in front of them. Rear-ending a motorcycle could cause the driver to fly off the vehicle, resulting in serious injuries.

Countless motorcyclists have suffered from injuries after another driver hit their vehicle while changing lanes. Drivers should always check their mirrors and look back before shifting into the other lane. Motorcycles are smaller than cars, so they can easily hide in a driver’s blind spot.

Similarly, drivers should avoid opening their car doors on the road, even if they’ve been stopped for several minutes. If a motorcyclist tries to weave through the traffic, they might get hit by a sudden sheet of metal. A car door can cause serious injuries when a motorcyclist hits it at full force.

Do attorneys represent motorcyclists who have suffered from accidents?

Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Despite this, many drivers neglect to take safety precautions. They rear-end motorcyclists, pull out in front of them and side-swipe their vehicles, often blaming the motorcyclist for the accident in the process.

An attorney could represent you in court and make sure you get the compensation for your injuries that you deserve. They could help you hold the other driver accountable for not paying attention and respecting your right to be on the road.