11 ways car, truck and SUV drivers can avoid motorcycle accidents

| Oct 2, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accident |

One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in the Baton Rouge area is negligence by a car, truck or SUV driver. A motorist’s failure to take reasonable precautions, not to mention any outright recklessness, can endanger a rider’s life and cause them serious injuries.

Reducing the risk of a collision with a motorcycle

Most motorcyclists do what they can to protect themselves on the road. But ultimately, they are at the mercy of the people in the much larger and more powerful vehicles around them. Here are ten tips for drivers who want to reduce the chances of getting into a wreck with a motorcycle.

  • Put away your cellphone so you will not be tempted to use it while driving
  • Never drink and drive
  • If you have passengers, ask them to point out any motorcycles around you
  • Before setting out, check your mirrors are properly adjusted to minimize blind spots
  • Give extra space to motorcycles, because it’s easy to misjudge a bike’s speed and distance from you
  • Leave even more space when it’s dark or raining
  • Slow down and pay close attention when going through intersections
  • Don’t assume a motorcycle’s actions based on their turn signals
  • Don’t play your radio or music too loud to help you hear approaching motorcycles
  • When parked, look behind you before opening your door

Reasonable precautions like these would greatly reduce the number of motorcycle crashes in Baton Rouge. But riders know that plenty of drivers do not care about motorcycle safety. They follow riders too closely, fail to yield on left turns, and otherwise neglect rider safety.

When a car crashes into a motorcycle, it’s almost always the rider who suffers the worst injuries. Things like head injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones and road rash are not things you recover from quickly. As a rider, you may not be able to stop an accident from happening. Still, you can take control of the situation afterward by pursuing your legal right to financial recovery.