Anyone who drives a motor vehicle has a duty to emphasize safety when traveling on South Carolina roads. Keeping an eye out for other cars remains a critical step, and so does being mindful of motorcycles. Drivers might find an SUV or even a compact car easy to spot, but motorcycles may elude their attention. Drivers hoping to reduce their chances of a collision might find being alert to motorcycles helps the cause.
Unique behaviors of motorcycles
Motorcycles could operate differently from cars or trucks. Lane-splitting is one such way since a bike’s dimensions allow it to travel between two vehicles by riding between two lanes. While lane-splitting may lead to a ticket, many motorcyclists take the risk. They also increase the risk of an accident, so drivers need to stay alert to any bike splitting lanes. Both the driver and the motorcyclist could play a part in a collision, which is one reason lane-splitting proves dangerous.
Normal driving behavior may come with concerns. Making a turn, left or right, at an intersection presents a chance for a collision with a motorcycle. Someone might not see the bike, and the routine turn becomes a tragedy.
Worry about negligence
Motorcycles may ride closer to parked cars than vehicles. When drivers park their cars, they have to be careful with opening the doors. A motorcyclist could crash right into the door. Similarly, backing out of a driveway requires additional care. Why risk hitting a motorcyclist or, for that matter, anyone else?
Ultimately, one or all parties could contribute negligence in motorcycle or car accidents. Victims of negligence may file a claim against an insurance policy. Any settlement received might cover the victim’s financial losses.