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Motorcyclists: Be Seen and Heard While in Traffic

Motorcyclists: Be Seen and Heard While in Traffic

It is no secret that motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the roads. Their travel mode puts them at a distinct disadvantage in comparison to a car or truck—and it is the same for pedestrians and bicyclists too. Traffics incidents have continued to be on the upswing in the US and in states like Texas in particular, including more pedestrian fatalities. No one is quite clear on why there would be such increases when we have so much education and so many programs in place today, but that is the case. There are more cars on the road, and more SUVs too, which may cause even more disastrous results if there is a crash. More motorcycles are registered than ever today too. 

So, we understand that the roads in Houston and other cities are crowded and accidents are going to happen. Defensive driving one of the best ways to protect yourself from other drivers, but if they are reckless, it could be difficult to protect what is going to happen. The problem with negligent drivers is that they can be extremely unpredictable. This is even more true when motorists are distracted and not watching the road at all while texting or surfing the internet, talking with passengers in their car, or trying to set or read the GPS. Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or who are having a fit of rage can be even more dangerous.

For a motorcyclist, being defensive means watching what is happening all the time. In doing so, you can avoid being rear-ended, sideswiped, or hit head-on in a collision. Being seen and being heard are crucial if you are on a bike, and it is up to you to make sure your presence is known to all motorists. Make yourself heard by revving the engine whenever you are at a stop in traffic. Even if others think you may be obnoxious or trying to call attention to yourself in a grandiose manner, let them think what they want—at least you got their attention, and everyone does know you are there. This is a much better alternative to losing control of your motorcycle and being killed or injured in a crash.

Be visible too, wearing bright colors, and attaching reflectors and additional lighting to your motorcycles. Make eye contact with motorists at intersections before turning, and make sure to stay out of blind spots when riding behind or alongside a car in traffic.

If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of others, this is not the time to go it alone! Please call the law offices of Andrew ‘Pike’ Piekalkiewicz, PLLC as soon as possible at (713) 748-7453 or visit AttorneySgtPike for a no obligation case review.