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As a motorcycle rider, you are not as visible to other drivers as you may believe. Since motorcycles are much smaller vehicles than cars, they have a much lower visibility rate in a car’s blind spots. Keep reading for more details about what a motorcyclist can do to stay out of a car’s blind spots and what to do if you are injured in a motorcycle accident.
Unfortunately, many drivers do not check their blind spots when turning or switching lanes, so it is important to stay out of these blind spots as much as possible as a motorcyclist. A good way to check if you’ve entered a car’s blind spot is to look into its mirrors, and if you cannot see the driver’s face, you are likely in one of their blind spots. This means the driver cannot see you unless they physically turn their head and check before making a turn or lane change.
A car’s blind spots are typically located on the sides and back of the vehicle. If you find yourself in heavy traffic and you have to be in a car’s blind spot, as a motorcyclist, you should try to be slightly ahead or far enough behind the car for the driver to see you. When passing a car on the left, you should move to the far right of the lane to allow space for if the driver switches lanes but cannot see you. The same rules apply vice-versa if you are passing on the right, and it is important to not spend a lot of time in a car’s blind spot when passing. After passing the car, return to your normal position in the lane.
On a busy road or highway, it can be difficult to stay out of cars’ blind spots at all times. The key to avoiding accidents is to stay out of blind spots as much as possible and passing safely and quickly. However, if you are a motorcycle rider who has been hit by a car, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact one of the lawyers at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, for a free case consultation today.
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