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How is a motorcyclist at risk around larger vehicles?

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

white semi truck driving behind a motorcycle

As you drive around on your motorcycle, you may expect larger cars and trucks to come up close to you and leave you feeling worried. Although they could seem respectful at first, some drivers may fail to follow the rules of the road.

Noticing how motorcycles are at a disadvantage on the road is important when you are in a crash or collision.

Harder to see

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are especially at risk when other vehicles do not yield in traffic or stop at the appropriate times, such as at a red light. Although you cannot control these actions, making yourself more visible can help drivers who may not immediately look for smaller vehicles at first.

These collisions may also happen when a car does not follow traffic rules or assumes no one is behind or to the side of them.

Less protection

Truckers and those in cars have a better chance of staying safe in a crash since a motorcycle has less protection around it. Although helmets make a noticeable difference, motorcyclists also have to worry about falling or getting thrown from their seats onto the road or another object. Even a simple bump from a car can cause a motorcycle to become unsteady and lead to a serious injury.

Difference in speed

Since motorcycles only have two wheels, it may leave them at a disadvantage when it comes to getting away from an object falling off a truck or another danger. Larger vehicles can also try to intimidate you with their speed and size.

Learning about the differences in how motorcycles operate is key when you are facing a serious injury. Consult with a motorcycle crash attorney today.