As the weather begins to change and evidence of spring arrives, more people will be riding motorcycles as a way to enjoy the nice weather and take advantage of the freedom of the open road. If you are a biker, you understand the appeal of seeing Ohio while traveling on a bike. However, you are probably also completely aware that many drivers do not safely share the road with motorcycles.

Drivers have the responsibility of driving safely and practicing caution when they are sharing the road with motorcycles. Many drivers fail to recognize the rights of bikers, and their lack of caution can result in grave or fatal injuries. As the seasons change, there will be more bikers on the road, and it will be more important to be aware and safe while behind the wheel.

Drivers’ responsibilities

Even with helmets and other types of safety equipment, bikers are vulnerable to serious injuries when involved in an accident with a larger, heavier vehicle. Distraction is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions, and it is one of the most pressing dangers for bikers.

Eating, texting or even adjusting the radio while driving is distracting and it can have devastating consequences for bikers. An inattentive driver is a serious threat to a person on a motorbike. Drivers should practice the following habits to avoid accidents and make the roads safer:

  • Look for motorcycles in the area, particularly at intersections. It is important to check blind spots and check the mirrors.
  • Allow motorcycles to have a reasonable amount of space, particularly while passing a biker.
  • Be aware of debris and hazards in the road that could make it necessary for a driver to swerve or react quickly to avoid it.
  • Be patient, do not tailgate motorcycles and practice safe driving at all times.

Drivers are responsible for the choices they make behind the wheel, and they are liable if these decisions cause an accident. 

Injured biker? Know your rights

If you are an injured biker, you would be wise to take immediate action to protect your rights and interests. If you believe another driver is to blame for what you experienced, you would be wise to seek an understanding of the legal options available to you under Ohio’s personal injury laws. It can be helpful to start with a complete assessment of your case as soon as possible after an accident.