Motorcycle Blind Spots
Most motor vehicles have blind spots, and motorcycles are no exception.
Many drivers assume that, since motorcycles lack the pillars typical of most passenger vehicles, the rider doesn’t have to worry about blind spots. Unfortunately, this is not the case. A rider who fails to check his blind spots can cause a serious accident by colliding with another vehicle, or by forcing a car to swerve into oncoming traffic.
Blind Spot Areas
Blind spot areas will vary depending on the make and model of motorcycle, and the types of mirrors used. Typical blind spot areas include the rear left, rear right, and directly behind the bike. Motorcyclists should check their blind spots whenever they:
- Overtake other vehicles
- Make left or right turns
- Change lanes
- Pull into traffic
- Slow down
Checking Blind Spots
Riders never have a completely unobstructed view of the road, due to the limitations imposed by mirrors and helmets. Mirrors offer an incomplete rearward view, and motorcyclists should never rely on them completely. Furthermore, all motorcycle helmets block a portion of the field of vision. The visual restrictions imposed by a motorcycle helmet may mean the difference between seeing and not seeing another vehicle. To counteract these effects, riders must turn their heads and check over their shoulders to ensure that the blind spot is clear. This is known as a “head check,” and it is the only surefire way to view other vehicles in your blind spot. Since looking to the side and rear requires the rider to divert his attention from the road ahead, he may not turn his head enough to avoid a collision.
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident due to a motorcyclist’s failure to check his blind spots, you need an attorney to protect your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more about what the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., can do for you, visit us on Facebook.