If you or a loved one is among the many motorcycle enthusiasts in Alabama, you will want to make sure and understand the various risks faced when enjoying the open road on two wheels. While anyone on the road faces the potential of being in an accident, those on motorcycles are at a greater disadvantage than their counterparts in cars, trucks, SUVs or other vehicles.
Just what types of situations should bikers be on the lookout for? Autos Cheat Sheet describes the most common scenarios for motorcycle accidents. Of the top 10, five of them involve other vehicles. In first place on the list of the top dangers for bikers are cars approaching from the oncoming lanes of traffic. Accidents can happen when a distracted, drunk or fatigued driver moves into the motorcylist’s lane. Second is a car waiting to turn that ends up turning in front of a biker.
A driver opening a car door or changing a lane without properly looking can all too easily miss and therefore end up hitting a person on a motorcycle. Tailgating drivers who are too close to bikers can be left without sufficient time or distance to stop when needed, causing rear-end collisions that push riders off bikes.
If you would like to learn more about how to stay safe on a motorcycle or what you should do in the event of an accident involving a motorcycle and another passenger vehicle, please feel free to visit the biker’s rights and protections page of our Alabama personal injury website.