While a large part of the solution to this type of motorcycle accident is driver awareness, bikers can also do their part to stay visible:
- Steer clear of blind spots. Especially when riding on the highway, be aware of where common blind spots are and know that if you can't see a driver's eyes in the rearview and side-view mirrors, they can't see you.
- Turn on your headlight. Keeping your headlight on will make your more visible both during the day and at night.
- Wave a hand. Not sure if a driver has seen you? Make a movement to grab their attention. A friendly wave will often suffice.
- Pick a brightly colored bike. Black bikes are the most difficult to see. White and yellow bikes are the most visible.
- Wear reflective gear. A reflective piece of clothing or a piece of reflective tape can make a huge difference at night. Even wearing light-colored gear can help, such as a white helmet.
- Tap your brakes. If you aren't sure if the car behind you is aware of your presence on the road, tap your brakes to make sure they see you.
- Don't forget about your horn. If a motorist doesn't seem to see you, make sure that they can hear you. Beep your horn if you think you are in a blind spot or if you think a car is going to turn in front of you. It's not rude if it will save a life.
Have you been injured in an Indiana motorcycle accident? Or has a loved one been killed in a motorbike accident that wasn't his fault? Be sure to speak with an Indianapolis motorcycle injury attorney at Keller & Keller LLP today.