Useful Tips to Help You Share the Road with Bikes and Scooters
The days of traditional vehicles occupying the roads are quickly fading into the past. Gas prices are rising, disposable income is decreasing, and more people are looking to use their daily commute as an opportunity to exercise. This means more bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles will be on the roads, especially in the warm months. If you suffer injury while driving any type of vehicle or as a pedestrian, do not assume it is your fault. Meet with our Louisiana motorcycle accident lawyers and we will help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, property damage, pain, suffering, lost wages at work and other losses.
The Significance of Ride to Work Day
The purpose of Ride to Work Day is to show the public just how valuable motorcycles, scooters and bicycles are for transportation. These vehicles have vastly superior fuel efficiency compared to regular automobiles. Furthermore, bikes and scooters are cheaper to make/purchase and have a small carbon footprint. You can do your part to save the planet by operating a motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle rather than a gas-guzzling, highly pollutive truck, SUV, or sedan. Participate in Ride to Work Day by biking to work or, at the very least, carpooling with co-workers and you just might find you enjoy the experience so much that you make the transition permanent.
Accommodate Vulnerable Motorcyclists, Scooter Operators and Bicyclists
Ride to Work Day falls on Monday, June 18. Take this day as an opportunity to learn how to better share the road with bicyclists, motorcyclists, and scooter drivers. Perhaps you get around town with a bike or scooter yourself. Safety should be a top priority regardless of your mode of transportation. Take care if you spot someone on a bike, motorcycle, or scooter. Recognize the fact that this person is at an inherent disadvantage while on the road. Give him or her ample space.
You can never be too careful when driving. Furthermore, you cannot predict other drivers’ actions and developments on the road ahead. Always check your blind spots when moving over to another lane. A quick glance in your mirrors will not suffice. Bicyclists and motorcyclists ride comparably small vehicles that are more difficult to see, especially when positioned in drivers’ blind spots. If you intend to pass a motorcyclist, make sure you have multiple car lengths of space between your vehicle and the rider. This way, you will not run the risk of your vehicle’s movement generating a gust of wind that knocks the rider off balance and onto the road/highway.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists, Scooter Drivers, and Bicyclists
Do not use your motorcycle, scooter, or bike unless you have a helmet tightly strapped to your head. A helmet is essential for protecting your brain, vision, and oral health. Make sure your helmet meets the standards set by the Department of Transportation. If this organization’s DOT symbol is not on the back of the helmet, we suggest that you get a new one that meets the DOT standards.
Give surrounding vehicles plenty of room and you will greatly reduce the chances of dangerous situations. Furthermore, do not weave between vehicles to get to the head of the line at traffic lights.
Injured on the Road? Contact Our Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you are involved in an accident and suspect another party is even partially at fault, reach out to our Louisiana motorcycle accident lawyers at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys right away. You can contact us by dialing (504) 345-1111. Our regular office hours are 8am to 5pm, yet we are more than happy to take your call anytime, 24/7. If you prefer to reach us online, take advantage of our convenientLiveChat option. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting our legal team. There is no fee unless we win your case.
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