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Posted in Motorcycle collision on July 6, 2018
The majority of motorcycle crashes occur when a driver turns into a motorcycle during a left-hand turn. When making a turn, pay attention to the gaps between cars and trucks to make sure there isn’t an out of site motorcycle in between. If you aren’t 100% sure, it’s best to wait until the road is clear.
This is referred to as lane splitting. Currently, the only state that allows lane splitting legally is California. However, just because it’s illegal, doesn’t mean riders won’t do it..
Because of their size, motorcycles easily fit into drivers’ blind spots. Check your mirrors before merging or changing lanes, and also check over your shoulder just in case.
If traffic patterns suddenly change, or if a driver pulls out in front of a motorcycle, the motorcyclist may need to swerve in order to avoid a collision. Be sure to allow extra room so they can maneuver. If stopped in traffic behind a motorcycle, leave extra space between your vehicle and the motorcycle. This gives you the slight chance to steer away from the motorcyclist in the event you are rear-ended.
Crashes involving motorcycles are very serious and oftentimes leave victims with large medical expenses and life-changing injuries. The Manchin Injury Law Group has been representing motorcycle crash victims for over thirty-five years.