May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin motorcycle lawyers at Hupy and Abraham would like to discuss motorcycle accident prevention.
Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle operator on the roadway. However, because of the small size of the motorcycle and the lack of a protective frame, motorcyclists are at a high risk of death or serious injury in a Wisconsin auto accident.
About half of all motorcycle accidents involve a passenger vehicle. Drivers of cars can help prevent Wisconsin motorcycle crashes. Here’s how:
- Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle, even if there seems to be plenty of space. Just like cars, motorcycles need room to maneuver. Always allow motorcyclists their full lane width.
- Forty percent of Wisconsin motorcycle-car accidents involve a vehicle that turned left in front of a motorcycle. Drivers should use extra care in intersections and check their blind spots before making a turn.
- Remember, because motorcycles are significantly smaller than cars, it is difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle. Don’t try to rush through an intersection.
- Always signal before changing lanes, turning, or merging. This allows motorcyclists to find a safe lane position.
- Check your blind spots before turning or changing lanes. Motorcycles are small and easy to overlook.
- Never assume a motorcycle is going to turn, even if the turn signal is on. Many motorcycle turn signals must be manually shut off and are easy to overlook. Make sure the motorcycle is actually turning before proceeding.
- Gravel, debris, potholes, puddles, and other minor obstacles can be serious road hazards to a motorcyclist. Give motorcyclists plenty of space, so they can adjust their speed or change lanes as necessary.
- Don’t tailgate. When the weather is dry, motorcycles can stop quicker than cars. However, in wet conditions, motorcycles need extra space.
If you were injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, request a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. If you would like to discuss your situation with a Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is always free.