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How Car and Truck Drivers can Avoid Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles offer their riders an unparalleled experience on Ohio’s open roads, but the associated risks of operating a motorcycle are not insignificant. By exercising an adequate degree of caution, it is possible for motorcyclists to avoid accidents and subsequent injuries some of the time. Even the most careful, defensive riding cannot prevent all motorcycle accidents, however, and it is also the responsibility of Ohio’s motor vehicle drivers to keep motorcyclists safe on the road. The following are some tactics that Ohio car and truck drivers can use to avoid being involved in motorcycle accidents.

Avoid Left Hand Turn Motorcycle Accidents

A passenger vehicle or truck turning left suddenly or unexpectedly can create a serious hazard for motorcyclists. Accidents are common when drivers turn left because they often do not see nearby motorcyclists. Drivers can greatly reduce the risk of these accidents by signaling long before making a left-hand turn and ensuring there is no oncoming traffic of any kind before turning.

Avoid Blind Spot Motorcycle Accidents

It is critical for everyone on the road to remember that motorcycles can easily disappear in a driver’s blind spot. When motor vehicle drivers make turns or change lanes, they should always check and double check to make sure there are not motorcyclists in their path.

Avoid Motorcycle Rear-End Collisions

While rear-end collisions are often not too serious when they involve two similarly-sized cars, these accidents can be much more serious for motorcyclists. Car and truck drivers should remain cautious at intersections, travel at a reasonable speed, and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles in order to reduce the risk of accidents.

Avoid Adverse Weather Conditions

Having suitable tires can greatly help motorcyclists avoid ending up in serious accidents. The driver of any vehicle, however, should be sure to have the appropriate tires for the road surface and for any inclement weather that might come about. Cars and trucks should have ample tread on their tires for rainy days and suitable tires for snow, if necessary, to avoid crashes.

Avoid Alcohol-Related Accidents

Many motorcycle accidents involve alcohol use. The best way for motor vehicle drivers and motorcyclists alike to avoid accidents is to never combine alcohol use with vehicle operation. Alcohol use severely damages a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.

Common Injuries Incurred in Motorcycle Accidents

No matter how cautious motorcycle, car, and truck operators are on Ohio’s roadways, accidents will inevitably occur. When they do, the injuries associated with motorcycle accidents, in particular, can be quite severe and life-altering. The following are some of the most common injuries that are known to occur during motorcycle accidents:

  • Head injuries: A person’s head is one of the most important and fragile parts of the body, which means that head or brain-related injuries are often particularly serious. If a person receives a head injury as a result of a motorcycle accident, it is important to immediately go to a hospital for assistance. Because motorcycle riders have little to no structural protection when involved in an accident with a larger vehicle, it is important for them to wear adequate protective gear – especially helmets.
  • Leg injuries: Leg injuries, especially to the feet or knees, are common in motorcycle accidents. While often not fatal, these injuries have the potential to permanently disable an individual. By wearing protective gear such as knee pads, however, motorcyclists can reduce their risk of leg injuries.
  • Muscle damage: In some cases, muscle damage caused by a motorcycle accident can become permanent. This damage can result from being thrown from the motorcycle or being crushed by or between other vehicles. It is critical for motorcyclists to always protect themselves by wearing adequate protective clothing.
  • Neck: Neck injuries are a common result of motorcycle accidents. These injuries have the potential to cause lasting damage to an accident victim and often result in paralysis. Neck injuries often lead to significant medical bills and rehabilitative costs. Wearing helmets and other protective gear can help to prevent serious neck injuries.
  • Road Rash. Referring to any type of injury that occurs when a motorcyclist slides across a surface after an accident, road rash can range from minor to life-threatening. In some cases, road rash can lead to permanent damage, requiring surgical intervention.

Speak with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

When motorcycle accidents occur, the resulting injuries can be particularly serious. This is why it is the responsibility of motorcycle riders and all other vehicle operators to drive with caution in order to prevent motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in motorcycle accidents, you should reach out to a motorcycle injury attorney today. Contact Kruger & Hodges to schedule your free case evaluation.

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