Sharing the road is essential whether you are sharing it with motorcycles, pedestrians, trucks, or other vehicles. Most people believe they are good at sharing the road, yet this is not always the case. Check out the most important elements of sharing the road and determine if you are good at sharing the road. If you are injured due to someone else not sharing the road and causing a car accident, motorcycle accident, or another type of accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Leave Enough Room if You Are Near a Motorcycle
Remember that if you cause a motorcycle accident, you are very likely to be causing an accident that results in death or serious injuries. You should always leave extra room between you and a motorcycle to reduce the likelihood of accident. Try to make sure that there is three or four seconds worth of room between you and them. The faster you are both moving, the more room you will need between you.
You Must Be Looking for Pedestrians
If you want to get a top grade for sharing the road, you must take the time to look for pedestrians. Do not assume that they will wait for the “WALK” sign. Do not assume they will look both ways before crossing. The truth is that many pedestrians are walking while listening to music, texting, or otherwise distracted. It’s up to you to keep not only yourself safe but them safe as well.
You Should Stop for Bike Riders and Pedestrians Even if You Do Not Legally Have to Do So
Drivers who know the law and see a bike rider breaking those laws, or see a person crossing when it is not legal to do so, might decide not to stop because they know they are in the right. They generally would not intend to injure anyone, but you never know when someone might fall or jump in front of you. If there is any doubt at all that they will follow the law, then you should stop and let them safely cross.
Pay More Attention When Children Are Around
If you are driving around a school, playground, or anywhere else that children are present, take extra care. There is a good reason that these areas often have reduced speed limits – because kids do not always think before they run. They might see their ball go rolling down the street and dart out to get it. If you are driving fast and not paying attention, you could have a serious accident on your hands.
In the event you are involved in any type of car accident, you should contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can help you determine your options so that you can move forward with your case.