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How can visibility on the road affect motorcycle crashes?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

When you feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin while riding, you can easily see the benefits of having a motorcycle.

However, there are some distinct handling differences between motorcycles and cars. One of the biggest is the size and visibility of a motorcycle, which can influence how easily other vehicles can see you as you travel.

Dealing with blind spots

According to the United States Department of Transportation, most larger trucks and some cars have blind spots to the side of their vehicles. The smaller your motorcycle, the more likely you will have a harder time avoiding a crash if a larger vehicle breaks traffic laws.

Even with a lot of riding skills and knowledge of the road, you still may find yourself struggling to get out of the way in time if a truck driver tries to switch lanes and does not see you.

Being noticeable at night

With smaller headlights and less reflective surface on your motorcycle, you should take care to make sure people can see you even at night or at times without much sunlight. Many people in parked cars open their doors without checking and knock you off your vehicle.

This is especially dangerous at night since motorcycles have smaller headlights than most cars or trucks.

Showing your intentions

Since your vehicle is easier to miss on the road, people may not think to look at what you are doing or where you need to turn. Being clear and indicating where you want to go by using your signals is important. Learning about how other drivers can contribute to a motorcycle accident is important for you to know.