Motorcycle accidents happen for numerous reasons, but visibility is one of the most common problems cited after accidents. Essentially, drivers are less likely to see motorcycles than other vehicles. This leads to left turn accidents, where a driver turns left in front of a motorcycle, and accidents when drivers merge or cut off bikes in nearby lanes.
As a rider, you certainly have a right to share the road. But you’re also aware that you’re going to face risks because of the mistakes other drivers make. What can you do to increase your visibility? How can you make sure that they see you so that you can ride safely?
These tips can help with rider visibility
First and foremost, simply focusing on visibility can drastically reduce your odds of being injured in an accident. Here are some additional steps that you can take:
- Buy a helmet with high-visibility paint.
- Make sure that all of your lights work properly and ride with your high beams on when you can.
- Consider other riding equipment, such as a jacket or leather pants, with high-visibility coloring, rather than black.
- Put reflective tape on your clothes and/or the bike itself.
- Always ride with the lights on, even during the day.
Increasing your visibility makes it more likely that another driver will see you before cutting you off or turning in front of your bike. But these mistakes do still happen, so be sure you know how to seek financial compensation if they happen to you. You may deserve compensation for medical bills, lost wages and many other costs if the other driver was responsible for causing the accident, so seek experienced legal guidance.