Motorcyclists in California have much less protection against the force of a vehicle slamming into them. Because motorcyclists are smaller than other vehicles on the roadway, they more easily fit into other vehicles’ blind spots. This increases the chances of an accident occurring. Here, our motorcycle accident lawyers in San Diego want to discuss the six best ways to avoid blind spot motorcycle accidents.
All drivers have heard of blind spots. We learn about them early in our driver’s education courses and in the driver’s manual. Blind spots are areas on the road that cannot be seen by a driver when they are looking out their side mirrors, rearview mirror, or windows in a normal situation. In order to see in a blind spot, a driver has to physically turn their head and look in that direction.
One of the unfortunate realities of operating motorcycles is that these vehicles are not as large as passenger cars. This allows them to fit more easily into the blind spot of a passenger vehicle, whether that be a sedan, a pickup truck, an SUV, or another type of vehicle.
Unfortunately, blind spot accidents can result in severe injuries for motorcyclists. If a vehicle driver fails to check their blind spot before changing lanes or turning, they could slam right into a motorcycle. Some of the most common injuries caused by blind spot motorcycle accidents include traumatic brain injuries, severe lacerations or road rash, broken or dislocated bones, severe sprains or strains, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, significant scarring, and disfigurement, and more.
If you are a motorcyclist, there are six steps that we think you can take to help eliminate any possible blind spot accident on the roadways of California. We want you to stay safe, and staying safe often means taking preventive measures such as: