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Under Wisconsin state law, motorcycle operators are entitled to a full traffic lane for use of their bike. This means that it is the rider’s responsibility to maintain proper positioning within his/her lane to prevent collisions with other vehicles, or spills. Wisconsin riders should know the below information about lane position: 

  • Poor lane positioning when preparing to turn can be very dangerous, and it is crucial to a motorcycle operator to know maneuvers for making safe turns.  
  • Good lane position helps with your visibility by motorists, keeping you out of drivers’ blind spots. It also makes it easier to communicate your intentions with drivers or other riders.
  • While riding, riders divide their lane into three equal parts in their head, and must determine at any given moment which area of the lane is safest – whether for turning, passing, or stopping. 
  • Always use extra caution when turning right. Other traffic should not be able to fit between your bike and the curb, and making a tight right turn can prevent a great deal of accidents. The same rule applies while turning left; other drivers should be unable to enter your lane or pass you while you are turning. 
  • While making decisions about turning on a motorcycle, important factors to keep in mind include whether there is gravel in the road, any parked cars, or other riders trying to turn with you.

If you have been involved in a Wisconsin motorcycle wreck, call the Madison motorcycle accident lawyers of Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 or 608-277-7777 to order your FREE copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

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