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3 Ways Careless Drivers Put Motorcyclists at Risk

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CO injury lawyerNow that Spring is here - hopefully, to stay - many motorcyclists have dusted off their bikes and returned to the roads. Colorado is beautiful in the Springtime, and a nice ride through the mountains can be an almost awe-inspiring experience. Drivers should be well-aware that they are sharing the road with people on motorcycles and take precautions to avoid putting riders in unnecessary danger. Unfortunately, not all do. There is little room for carelessness when one is driving a vehicle around motorcyclists. Even an accident that would have been quite minor had it happened between two cars can be devastating for a motorcyclist. If you were injured while riding a motorcycle, an attorney can help you seek the financial settlement you need to fully compensate you for every type of harm you suffered.

What Careless Driving Practices Create Serious Dangers for Motorcyclists?

When a driver crashes into a biker, it is a fairly safe bet that they were being careless in some way. Very few accidents are truly unavoidable when everyone uses an appropriate level of caution. If you were injured by the driver of a car or truck, your attorney is likely to investigate to determine whether they were doing something careless like:

  • Not watching the road - Drivers in cars tend to be watching for other cars when they should also be keeping an eye out for motorcycles. When a driver is only half paying attention, they will probably see another car, but they might completely miss a motorcycle. Distracted drivers are prone to striking bikers without warning.
  • Not checking a blind spot - It is extremely important for drivers to carefully check their blind spot before changing lanes or merging. Drivers may think there is no one in the lane they are about to move into because they could not see a motorcycle around a car. Often, a simple blind spot check would have alerted them that there was a motorcycle present.
  • Not leaving space - Motorcycles should be given a wider berth than traditional passenger vehicles. Drivers should be taking into account that bikers are much more vulnerable in a collision than someone riding inside a car. Motorcyclists are also more likely to move around within their lane, as it may be necessary for them to dodge debris that a car could have ignored. Even a relatively light hit can seriously harm someone on a bike.

Drivers are expected to responsibly share the road with motorcyclists. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable to anyone they have carelessly injured.

Contact a Larimer County Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Hoggatt Law Office, P.C. is skilled at investigating motorcycle accidents in order to show that the responsible driver acted negligently. If you were injured by a driver while you were on a motorcycle, our Fort Collins motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to secure financial compensation on your behalf. Call 970-225-2190 for a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.driverseducationusa.com/resources/sharing-the-road-with-motorcycles/

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