MOTORCYCLE BLIND SPOTS
by Jeffrey J. Kroll
As the weather starts to get nicer in the Chicagoland area, motorcyclists will take to the roads. Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents occur when a car or truck fails to see a motorcycle in their blind spot. Truck and car operators must know where blind spots are and how to stay safe on the roadways.
If a motorcycle accident does occur, it is important to seek the services of Kaveny + Kroll; we can guide you through the legal process and are available answer any questions you may have.
HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY A BLIND SPOT?
It is almost impossible for a driver to know where the blind spots are on their vehicle unless you know how to look for a blind spot. While in the driver’s seat, you can gauge where blind spots are in a vehicle by looking over your shoulder and identifying what you are unable to see in your mirrors alone. Blind spots are especially dangerous when trying to see a motorcyclist, as a motorcycle is much smaller and less visible to other drivers on the road. Whenever possible, a motorcyclist should change lanes to avoid traveling in other motorists’ blind spots.
TIPS FOR CARS AND TRUCKS
There are serval actions a motorist can effectuate to avoid an accident with a motorcycle. For example, operators should adhere to these simple tips:
- Check and adjust all mirrors to increase visibility around your vehicle before driving.
- Look before turning, changing lanes, or passing other vehicles. This includes checking your mirrors and looking over your shoulder, if need be.
- Avoid driving while distracted so you are fully aware of your surroundings, including your blind spots.
If you are injured in a blind spot motorcycle accident, it is important to seek the assistant of a skilled Chicagoland motorcycle injury attorney at Kaveny + Kroll. We are here to help answer your questions and assist with a financial recovery.