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Because motorcycles lack the safety features and external protection of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Protective gear such as helmets, riding pants, boots, and gloves can help reduce the risk of injury during a motorcycle accident, but even the most durable gear can’t prevent another driver’s negligence.

That’s why it’s important for everyone on the road to be aware of motorcycles when they’re driving. In early 2019, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission reported an increase in motorcycle accident fatalities. Motorcycles are much smaller when compared to cars, trucks, and SUVs, but they deserve the same respect as vehicles.

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, we’re likely to see more motorcycles on Louisiana’s roadways. Here are three ways drivers can share the road safely with motorcycles:

  1. Don’t follow too closely. Give motorcyclists—and yourself—enough room to stop in the event of an emergency.
  2. Always check your blind spots before changing lanes or turning at intersections.
  3. Always use your traffic signals when merging into traffic or changing lanes.

These tips not only reduce the risk for motorcyclists—they also help prevent crashes with other vehicles.

Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

At Dudley DeBosier, we know how devastating motorcycle crashes can be. Victims often face life-threatening injuries and expensive medical bills, and it’s our goal to help them get the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one was harmed in a motorcycle crash, contact our Louisiana motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free case review.

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