Motorcycle safety isn’t a one-way street

Now that it finally feels like spring, Pennsylvania drivers may notice more motorcyclists on the roads.

This can cause issues between motorcyclists and other drivers. Some drivers aren’t used to sharing the road with these smaller, quicker vehicles.

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an annual reminder that biker safety is a shared responsibility. Here are a few ways automobiles and bikers can coexist safely:

Sharing the road with motorcycles:

  • Double check blind spots before changing lanes
  • Give motorcycles room to maneuver in their lane
  • Don’t tailgate a bike
  • Look for motorcycles
  • Don’t drive distracted

While on your bike:

  • Signal all turns or lane changes
  • Wear bright riding clothing or safety tape
  • Be alert – never ride drowsy or intoxicated
  • Know your motorcycle and keep it maintained
  • Work on riding skills through practice or riding classes

It can take time to adjust to driving with motorcycles again. Drivers aren’t used to looking for the lower, faster vehicles when changing lanes or turning.

Motorcycle accidents usually have more severe consequences than automobile accidents. The lack of protection afforded to bikers means they are more susceptible to damage from an accident.

These safety tips can help prevent motorcycle accidents, whether you ride a motorcycle or share the road. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, a personal injury attorney can help you explore your options.

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