Sunday, January 3, 2010

Motorcycle Safety Tips For When You Get Tailgaited

If you ride a motorcycle you probably have been tailgated by a car or truck. It is scary , and dangerous. I represented a young lady who was riding on the back of a motorcycle and they made a slow gentle turn right into a gas station. The car driver following too close (tailgaiting) struck the rear of the bike almost severing my client's leg.

I doubt this could have been prevented since this was innatention on the car driver. But what is the best way to get an intentional or on intentinal car driver off a motorcyclist's back.

Every motorcycle rider knows , that a car or truck is always going to prevail in a car motorcycle accident. So your main objective as a biker and a motorcycle rider is to avoid collisions with cars at all cost, , even if you have to give way.

The first thing that you should do is to put your turn signal on, switch lanes, and get out of the way as fast as reasonably possible.

If you are on a one lane road, put on a right turn signal, and then tap your breaks to get the cars attention. In some cases this will cause the car to back off if they are simply not paying attention while driving.

If it is an intentional tailgater , this hopefully will not anger them because they will see that you are trying to get off of the road, and they will back off and give you time to pull over to let them pass. You should then try to pull off of the road at a place where is safe to do so and let the car pass. When the car passes, now you can resume your ride.

The reason you want to get out of the way, and let a tailgater pass you is plain; you don't want to be rearended, if you are forced to stop or slow down suddenly.
It is better to let them pass, and let it go. The number one reason is that you do not want to end up in the hospital or lose your life.

by Cincinnati motorcycle accident attorney Anthony Castelli