Blogs » Law and Legal Services » Deutshmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW
 

Blogs

Deutshmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW
It's spring and motorcycles are back on the road
Return to Blog 
Deutschmann Law logo

It's spring which means motorcycles, kids on scooters, roller bladers and cyclists are back on the roads. It also means that we as car drivers must step up our game and be vigilant in our shoulder checks when passing others, and when turning. I expect we'll see a lot more kids wheeling their way to school tomorrow when March break ends.

Motor cyclists prove to be a particular challenge on the roads. While the majority of car drivers and motor cyclists are responsible drivers and riders some simply aren’t. As a driver you need to remember that the bikes are smaller and harder to see on the roads. As a rider you need to remember that you can ‘appear out of nowhere’ to a driver.

We are seeing more and more riders adopting hi-vis clothing as part of their riding gear and it’s a good thing. It really increases the ability of others on the road to see them day and night. The accident yesterday involved a motorcycle on Hwy 85 and resulted in the closure of the highway for a period of time. The rider was transported to hospital in serious condition.

Tips for safe riding of your motorcycle:

  1. Take it easy on the first ride of the season. You haven’t been out for a while and car drivers haven’t seen you out for a while.
  2. Avoid the centre of the lane when traffic slows down. It gives you a quick exit if traffic grinds to a halt.
  3. Dress to be seen AND protected. Hi-vis vests and riding jackets, helmets, and clothes made of Kevlar are all useful personal protective clothing.
  4. Keep empty space all around you as you ride.
  5. Try to stay out of the space between a car and an off ramp. Too many car drivers suddenly realize they are about to miss their exit and don’t see riders on the road.
  6. Don’t ride like the yahoos we have all seen on the roads, speeding, and weaving in traffic.

Tips for car drivers:

  1. Treat a motorcycles like a car. Give them plenty of lane space.
  2. Never tailgate a motorcycle.
  3. Check and Double check all blind spots when changing lanes and going around corners.
  4. When motorcycles are merging into traffic give them plenty of space.
  5. If there is debris on the road be aware of the particular dangers a motor cyclist faces. Allow them plenty of room to manoeuvre in the lane, or to change lanes.

Remember that we are all responsible to drive safely on the roads, but in any motorcycle/car collision it’s the rider who loses.

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 - 10:25:00 AM EST
 Comments  (0) Post a Comment 
   By Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - Visit Our Business Directory Listing  |   Return to Blog 

Blogs Home   |   Start a Blog   |   Subscribe To Blog
News   |   Announcements   |   Events Calendar
Contact The News Editor   |   News FAQs

 
    <<     January  2020     
S M Tu W Th F S
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  
Jump to:

Article Categories
Car Insurance
Community
Disability Law
Law Enforcement
Personal Injury Law
Safety

Recent Articles
New Rules for the Region's Roads - The LRT is Almost Here
Drug Impaired Driving
Auto insurance deductibles unfair to seniors, homemakers, children and the disabled.
Should We Name and Shame Impaired Drivers?
Brain Injury and Psychiatric Illness
Women and Concussion
Feds Pushing Provinces to Stiffen Distracted Driving Laws
Government Proposing Tax on Employer Health Benefits
NFL Settles $30 Million CTE Lawsuit
Too Many Accidents At Region's Largest Roundabout
Undiagnosed Concussions Common Following Car Accidents
Stunt Driving - What it is, What it will cost you
Construction Season Ramping Up, Again
Lawyer Fees
TBI Diagnosis with A Microwave Helmet
Are Ride Hailing Apps Reducing Drunk Driving Rates?
Using Microwaves to Catch Post TBI Brain Bleeds
Outdoor Adventures Aren't Without Dangers
Who has the right of way in designated cyclist lanes?
Are Young Athletes Really Ready to Return to Play Post-Concussion?

Articles by Month of Posting
January 2018
January 2017
January 2016
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
August 2012
July 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
January 2008
July 2007
May 2007
April 2007