Understanding hand signals for motorcyclists

All too often, it seems as though it is you versus the rest of the world when riding on your motorcycle in Jasper. As many of those that we here at The Sapp Law Firm, LLC have worked with can attest to, many motorists seem to struggle with the thought of having to share the road the with motorcyclists. Thus, when collisions with motorcyclists do occur, motorists often try to shift the blame to them, saying that they had no way of knowing what the motorcyclists' intentions were. 

Knowing this, it is incumbent upon you to demonstrate to everyone on the road what you intend to do on your bike. One way to do this by learning the universal hand signals used to indicate intent on the road (while your bike does have blinkers, some drivers may claim that they are difficult to see). Among the most common are extending your left arm straight outward to indicate a left turn, or upward, with your elbow bent to a 90 degree angle and your palm facing forward, to show you plan on turning right. Extending the left arm downward in the exact opposite position indicating a right turn signals your intent to stop. 

There are also hand signals you can use to help other motorcyclists when traveling in a group. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, these include: 

  • Left arm and index finger straight up to form a single file line (index and middle finger up to form a double line)
  • Left arm extended out to side and swinging downward to slow down
  • Pointing downward with left arm, then right foot to indicate a road hazard ahead

More information on avoiding accidents on your motorcycle can be found here on our site. 

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