What are some safety tips that motorcyclists should be aware of?
First off, be sure to wear a helmet and protective clothing. If you are in an accident, they can save your life. But beyond that, you really want to always assume that you cannot be seen and that the other drivers may not act rationally when they are around you. If you're on guard, you can and drive defensively you can often take evasive action to avoid an accident.
Make sure you make yourself visible and always be aware of your surroundings. You'll want to drive within the speed limit, but always be thinking how you can escape if another vehicle acts in a way that may threaten you.
Also, it's very important that you do not drink at all before you ride. You've got to be alert, not tired and not on any medication that may cause drowsiness or delayed responses. There is no margin for error when you're on a motorcycle because you have very little protection, so your life could depend on how alert you are.
What are some things for a drivers of a cars and trucks should remember, when it comes to motorcycle safety?
First, make sure you don't drive distracted, motorcycles can be less visible, so it's important to keep your eyes on the road. If you do see a motorcycle, keep a safe distance and use your turn signals.
A motorcyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as any other motorist on the road. That means you should never assume you can squeeze by a motorcycle in the same lane. If you are passing a bike, give it a full lane, just like you would a car.
If someone is involved in a motorcycle accident is that case unique?
Motorcycle accident injuries are often much more severe than other accidents, but the cases can be difficult because the motorcyclist is often unfairly initially blamed. People tend to see them going faster than they actually are, and the insurance company is going to make assumptions about the motorcycle driver that are often not true.
When should the victim of a motorcycle accident contact a lawyer?
You should contact a lawyer as soon as you can after your accident. Important information about the accident can be harder to determine the longer time from the accident. Make sure to pick a lawyer who handles Motorcycle Accident cases.