The intersection is the most dangerous place for those riding motorcycles. An intersection may be in the center of an urban area or at the driveway in a residential street; basically anywhere that traffic crosses the rider’s path. The most often encountered dangers include cars turning in front of the rider, including such occurrences as cars turning left from the lane to your right and cars that pull into the rider’s lane on side streets.
Problem: One major problem is that motorcyclists are not as visible to drivers, so there is no guarantee that others see you when you are riding. The fact that a driver has engaged in eye contact with a rider does not guarantee the driver will yield. It is too often that a driver looks directly at a motorcyclist and still fails to actually “see” the rider. Therefore, the only person on the road the rider can count on is himself or herself. The safe bet is when a car can enter your path, assume that it will.
Safety Tips: So, the idea behind this article is for a rider to increase his or her chances of being seen at an intersection. We recommend that riders increase chances of being seen at intersections by riding with headlights on at all times, ride in the lane that provides the best view, and provide a space cushion around the motorcycle that permits the rider to take elusive action.
At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP, we have riders in our office, and want to ensure that they are as safe as possible while traveling the North and South Carolina roads. Please listen to our pointers and be as safe as possible out there. However, we are here to help if you or another close friend, who rides, is injured in an accident. Too often we see automobiles involved in accidents with motorcycles simply because they were not paying attention and did not see the rider.
Therefore, if you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP at our Baxter Village office in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999, and we will be happy to assist you.