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Improving Your Visibility as a Motorcyclist

September 18, 2014 | Michael Barasch

One of the most common excuses you’ll hear from drivers that cause accidents with motorcyclists is, “I didn’t see them!” Their defense will most likely be that motorcycles are smaller and easily hidden by other objects or vehicles on the road, which makes them difficult to see, particularly at intersections.

While there certainly are many issues of visibility when it comes to being a motorcyclist on the road, this defense will not hold up in court. People are still responsible for checking their blind spots and looking before they merge or turn. On the other hand, there are also ways motorcyclists can be prepared and reduce some of the risks of riding a motorcycle.

Here are some steps motorcyclists can take to improve their visibility on the road:

  • Wear brightly colored clothing. A bright helmet, jacket or pants will help you to stand out much more easily while on the road, especially when driving at night time. It’s easier to blend in with other cars or the road itself when wearing dark colors.
  • Install a loud horn. If you need to get the attention of other motorists on the road, a loud horn can certainly go a long way. If your standard horn doesn’t do the job, look into installing a new, louder one.
  • Use reflective tape. This tape can be added to your helmet, your gear or your bike itself to make sure it stands out, especially at night.

Remember — even if you go out of your way to make sure you’re seen, there’s no guarantee that other drivers on the road will be careful when they turn or merge. Failing to see you is not a legitimate defense. If you suffer an injury in a motorcycle accident, speak with a New York personal injury attorney from [ln::firm_name] right away.

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