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How can a car avoid accidents with motorcyclists?

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

It is no secret that there are tons of beautiful roadways here in Louisiana. These roads can attract motorcyclists from all over the country to enjoy our unique scenery. While we fully support enjoyment of Louisiana roadways, it is also reality that driving with motorcycles on the road can be difficult for car drivers. Motorcycles are a lot less visible than a traditional four-wheel vehicle; however, avoiding them is extremely important, given that the majority of motorcycle accidents result in injury or possibly death for the motorcycle driver. According to Esurance, one of the most important things you can do around motorcycles is check your blind spots regularly.

Again, since motorcycles have a much smaller profile than a traditional four-wheeled vehicle, they can be it much easier for you to miss in your side view mirrors. You may find that adding an additional blind spot mirror to your side view mirror helps you notice motorcycles more often. Simply being aware of motorcyclists can save lives.

In addition to awareness, it can help to ensure that you are giving a motorcyclist the space he or she needs to maneuver. A good rule is to establish four seconds of distance between you and a motorcycle in front or behind you. You can do this by passing a landmark on the side of the road and counting to four. This will help you react in the event that the motorcycle does something unexpected.

Patience is also something that can help you deal with motorcyclists around your car. The majority of motorcyclists, despite all of the stereotypes, are interested in enjoying their vehicle and not interested in being difficult.