Halperin Law Center, our
Richmond personal injury attorneys understand that
motorcycle accidents are often more devastating than car accidents due to the limited protection
motorcyclists have compared to other drivers on the road. Approximately
three-fourths of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with another
vehicle, typically a passenger car.
In most cases, the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles
in traffic is the main cause of motorcycle accidents involving another
vehicle. Drivers in other vehicles often did not see the motorcycle before
the crash, or did not see the motorcycle until it was too late to avoid
The following are several tips for drivers to help prevent collisions with
Look before you make a turn. Nearly half of all collisions involving motorcycles and other vehicles
are the result of cars making or attempting to make a left turn while
a motorcyclists goes straight. If you see a motorcycle at an intersection,
try to make eye contact with the motorcyclist prior to making a turn.
Constantly check your blind spots. Since motorcycles are much smaller than cars in size, keep your head on
swivel and be aware of approaching motorcyclists.
Abide by the four-second rule. If you find yourself behind a motorcycle, increase your driving distance
and maintain a cushion/space of four seconds, which should be enough time
to react to any surprises on the road.
Be a nice person. Just be courteous and always give motorcyclists the right of way.
If you suffered an injury in a
car accident or motorcycle accident caused by a negligent party in Virginia? Contact
our Richmond personal injury attorney at Halperin Law Center and schedule a
free consultation today.