Car & Truck Driver Safety Tips
From Experienced Motorcycle Riders
In our efforts of educating the public on motorcycle safety and awareness for Missouri’s roadways we at Ransin Injury Law felt that motorcyclists were an ideal resource in helping car and truck drivers understand what they can be doing why operating a motor vehicle to become safer as they share our roads with motorcyclists.
David recently interviewed experienced motorcycle riders in Springfield Missouri asking them the following question; “What can car and truck drivers to be safer as it pertains to motorcycles?” Below are their responses.
Rick: “Don’t just glance, if there is a mirror, look twice, look over the mirror, look behind you, before you turn into a lane. Listen for a motorcycle, they say loud pipes save lives, because a motorcycle is smaller, so we are trying as riders to stay in plain view of car and truck drivers and make sure we get their attention. So always be aware before you make a maneuver, don’t make an aggressive move where you change lanes real quick because you don’t know who is beside you; it could be a car, a truck or a motorcycle. Just be extras precautions and please do not text and drive.”
Mark: “I think car and truck drivers need to be more aware of the smaller vehicles on the road. There are times I will have the bike cruising down the road and then a truck or car turns in front of me because they are not seeing me. There is a higher change a motorcycle is getting lost in a car and truck driver’s blind spot.”
Gary: “They need to learn to check their mirrors and make sure that there are not motorcycle around them before they make a maneuver. They have blind spots so they really need to look twice.”
Josh: “ You’ve probably seen the signs, look twice and save a life. Just like passing a semi-truck we are there, and we are going to be in a blind spot, so that extra couple of seconds could make a huge difference in saving a life or avoiding an accident. You have to make sure you know we are there.”
Raider: “Please watch for a motorcycle. We can’t go anywhere and you’ll run over us leaving us on the highway crippled and busted. So please watch for us on Missouri’s roadways.”
Robert: “Be aware, don’t drive distracted, get off the phone!”