From Lawyers.com by Posted on August 23, 2019
Summer is prime motorcycle season in the Pacific Northwest and that means more motorcycles interacting with trucks and cars on the roads. When motorcycle accidents happen between a car or truck and a motorcycle, motorcycle riders are much more vulnerable to injury and death because they don’t have the same type of protection. Blind spots are especially dangerous for motorcyclists because motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than passenger cars. When a passenger car or truck driver cannot see a motorcycle in their blind spot they may move into the space and cause a serious crash.
Contact a motorcycle accident attorney
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a blind spot motorcycle accident, contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in your area. The motorcycle crash attorney can review your accident and injuries and discuss your legal rights. They may be able to help you recover damages – financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and more.
What is a blind spot?
A blind spot is an area around a vehicle that the driver cannot see directly. The larger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spots. Blind spots can be in several areas including spots hidden because of a vehicle’s bodywork, window pillars or head restraints, the spot between what a driver can see while looking straight forward and what they can see in the rearview mirror and what a driver can’t see on either side of their vehicle based on the angle of their side-view mirrors.
How to prevent a blind spot motorcycle accident
Passenger car and truck drivers can do their part to prevent blind spot motorcycle accidents by:
• Shoulder checking before changing lanes
• Always using the blinker before changing lanes or turning
• Adjusting the rearview mirror so the entire back window can be seen
• Adjusting the sideview mirrors so the driver can see the left and right rear of the vehicle
Motorcyclists can do their part to prevent blind spot motorcycle accidents by:
• Avoiding riding in blind spots; always ride in front or behind a vehicle, rather than to the side.
• Driving defensively by paying attention to the movements of drivers all around you, anticipating their next moves and leaving at least 20 feet between you and the vehicle in front of you.
• Wearing protective gear including a helmet, closed toed shoes and full coverage clothing.
• Always using the blinker when changing lanes or turning
• Keeping the headlights on at all times
• Passing vehicles quickly to be in the blind spot for as short a time as possible
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, get help today!
Automobile and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of personal injury and death in the U.S., with almost three million injuries and over 40,000 deaths each year. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident because of the negligence of others, you may be entitled to payments for personal injury or wrongful death. We may be able to help you to recover payments for medical and funeral expenses, lost wages, physical pain and emotional suffering, disability, and future losses.
Even though someone is wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the motorcycle rider or their passenger can be severely injured, even killed, when the motorcycle is hit by a motor vehicle weighing thousands of pounds more than the bike. Often the motorcyclist’s injuries are catastrophic, such as a spinal cord injury like a broken neck or back, resulting in permanent paralysis from the neck down (“quadriplegia”) or from the waist down (“paraplegia”). The motorcyclist may suffer broken arms, legs, ribs, and other bones. Even though the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, it is still possible for him or her to suffer traumatic brain injury by the brain’s hitting against the inside of the skull. The motorcyclist may also suffer severe friction burns by being dragged along the asphalt or pavement for any distance. You also risk the possibility of a ruptured fuel tank catching fire, causing you to be severely burned (“thermal” burns).