May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. To recognize the safety issues facing some of West Virginia’s most vulnerable motorists, our Parkersburg motorcycle accident lawyers would like to discuss steps the drivers of passenger vehicles can take to share the road safely with bikers.
According to state law, motorcycle riders of all ages are required to wear a helmet when they’re on the road. However, in the event of an accident between a motorcycle and a car, truck, or SUV, the motorcyclist is significantly more likely to sustain catastrophic injuries.
To avoid causing a devastating motorcycle accident, drivers of passenger cars in and around Parkersburg or other West Virginia communities should take precautions such as:
- Always using turn signals, and activating them in a timely fashion.
- Maintaining safe following distance and adjusting as needed for adverse weather or road conditions.
- Diligently checking blind spots when changing lanes.
- Dimming high beams at night to allow the rider full visibility.
- Practicing defensive driving.
Motorcyclists have a responsibility to exercise the same level of caution as motorists in other types of vehicles to avoid serious accidents. However, if you or someone you care about suffered serious injuries because the driver of another vehicle behaved recklessly, you might be entitled to compensation for medical costs, forfeited income, and more.
By not pursuing your motorcycle accident case, you might have to bear the physical, emotional, and financial burden of your injuries alone. Our Parkersburg lawyers can build a strong claim on your behalf. Please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 1-304-865-8530 today to schedule a no-cost consultation.