Motorcyclists are vulnerable in accidents and are lacking in the same protection offered by cars or trucks. It is important for drivers to be aware of safe driving tactics for traveling around motorcycles and also to be able to identify potentially reckless driving habits that put motorcyclists at risk.
Examples of Reckless Driving Behavior
There are multiple ways that drivers drive recklessly around motorcyclists. Reckless driving behavior is described as intentional or wanton disregard for the safety of others on the road. It can cause traffic accidents, serious injury and death. Consider the following scenarios and keep them in mind whenever you are on the road.
- Failure to see motorcyclists: This is a very common cause of car-motorcycle accidents, as some riders may not see a motorcycle in a blind spot. However, a 1990 study found that drivers who also ride motorcycles or have loved ones who ride motorcycles are more likely to see motorcycles than other drivers. This suggests that the mind can be trained to be aware of the possibility of motorcyclists on the road. It is reckless to ignore the potential for a motorcycle to be traveling on the road with you.
- Following too close: Remember that following a motorcycle closely could be disastrous. If the motorcyclist hits a pothole and loses control of the bike, or must stop quickly, you could run him or her over with your car if you did not allow enough distance.
- Squeezing motorcycles out of a lane: Motorcyclists deserve the same respect and traveling space as full-sized vehicles. Reckless drivers may bully motorcyclists by edging them out of a lane or infringing on their driving space. This is reckless behavior and can result in a crash.
- Cutting off a motorcycle: Common courtesy dictates that you do not cut off any vehicle while driving. However, many motorists either don’t notice a motorcycle on the road or assume that the size difference between the vehicles will force the rider to slow down, allowing the driver to make the maneuver he needs to make. This is also reckless driving behavior and can cause a motorcyclist to lose control of his bike and crash.
What if I’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident because of another’s reckless driving?
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident because of a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation. The responsible party should pay the following.
- property damage.
- medical bills.
- lost wages.
- and/or, pain and suffering.
Proving fault in your accident is a key element to building a successful case against the driver who caused your accident.
You will need to compile all significant information to support your case.
- police reports.
- witness statements.
- and, estimates for repairs or medical bills.
Experts in car-motorcycle accident scene reconstruction can help establish a case for fault. Motorcycle accident claims can become complicated, especially when fault is not clearly assigned by a police report or other concrete evidence.
Seek help from an attorney who specializes in motorcycle accident cases. A qualified attorney will be able to compile evidence and documentation of reckless driving or negligent behavior and will work to build a case for you against the at-fault party.
You don’t need to try to manage your claim alone. Julie Johnson is devoted to helping motorcycle accident victims in Dallas recover losses and damages from the responsible driver. Julie Johnson can help you organize your information, complete your claim and handle any defenses presented against you. Call 214-290-8001 to schedule a free consultation to review your case.
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