As every Texan can figure, when a collision occurs between a motorcycle and a car or larger vehicle, it’s the motorcyclist who is significantly more likely to suffer catastrophic injury or death. In fact, in the United States motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed in a crash compared to occupants in cars. With only helmets and clothes to protect bikers from the hard asphalt, it’s no wonder.
That’s why it’s important for bikers to always be on their guard and to drive defensively in San Antonio and throughout Texas’ roads. Don’t let another driver’s negligence ruin your personal safety and health. One great safety tip is understanding how to avoid the most common type of motorcycle crash, which is when a car turns left in front of a biker.
How to prevent the crash
This kind of accident is likely to happen at intersections as well as by driveways and parking lots — anywhere traffic flow crosses paths. It happens either because a car driver doesn’t see the motorcycle coming or underestimates the speed the biker is going.
If you’re a motorcyclist, you should take these steps to protect yourself:
- Do your best to spot the possibility of the crash before it happens.
- Watch for signs that cars might be preparing to turn.
- Slow your speed, be ready to brake and evade.
- Be wary of large gaps in traffic that drivers might use to turn into.
- Take notice of what’s around you on all sides and have an escape plan.
- Don’t “lay down” your bike — it’ll only impede your brakes and mobility.
Help in your time of need
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, as you grapple with the worst, the last thing you may want to think about is the money. But regardless of your feelings, the costs can add up — medical bills, missed workdays and even funeral costs. You need an experienced San Antonio attorney to help fight for you to get the fairest treatment under Texas law and as much financial compensation as possible from the negligent driver and insurance companies.