Motorcycles and Blind Spots

Motorcycles and Blind Spots

When driving a motorcycle, it is important to take into account that all vehicles on the road have blind spots, or areas on all sides of a vehicle that cannot be seen with mirrors. Everyone should check their blind spots before changing lanes or turning to prevent motorcycle accidents, but not everyone does. When driving a motorcycle, it is safest to assume that other drivers will not check their blind spots and to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Why Are Motorcyclists Particularly Vulnerable to Blind Spot Accidents?

The small size of motorcycles compared to other vehicles makes them substantially harder for other drivers to see in their blind spots and mirrors. The leading cause of motorcycle accidents is limited visibility in traffic since they are so small and compact.

Additionally, a motorcycle is not equipped with the same structural protection that a car or truck has in the event of a collision, making it especially vital for motorists to check their blind spots and for bikers to wear protective gear. The larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spots are – and the less likely the driver is to see a motorcycle in their mirrors.

Safety Habits for Motorcyclists

In general, most motorcycles have blind spots on both sides and the rear of their bikes. To know what is happening behind them, motorcyclists should always perform a combination of mirror and blind spot checks before making certain maneuvers, such as:

  • Changing directions
  • Moving from a stationary position
  • Making left or right turns
  • Changing lanes
  • Overtaking or passing another vehicle
  • Slowing down
  • Stopping

It is also essential to be aware of other vehicles’ blind spots and to avoid riding in these areas where drivers cannot see you. If you cannot see the driver, the driver most likely cannot see you either. Keeping a distance from other vehicles, especially large ones that have larger blind spots, is always a good idea when operating a motorcycle.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents involving blind spots occur quite frequently. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, our personal injury lawyers can provide you with a strong legal advocacy. Contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, today so we can help you get started on your case.

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