One of the most common excuses people make after they cause an accident with someone on a motorcycle is that they failed to see the motorcycle in traffic. Of course, not noticing a motorcycle on the street is probably indicative of a failure to properly inspect the area.
Admitting that you didn’t notice someone on a bike that weighs hundreds of pounds is like saying you didn’t bother checking both ways before crossing the street. Sadly, it is the person on the motorcycle who ends up paying for that negligence.
Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take that can help you remain more visible to others on the road. This can reduce your risk of a crash and keep someone from claiming that you weren’t visible enough on the street. It’s just one more way that the right gear can keep you safe.
Colors matter when you’re on your bike
Dark bikes, combined with a dark helmet and dark gear, may look cool, but they may make it harder for people to see you. If you already have a motorcycle in a dark color, there’s not much you can do about that. However, you can make sure that your gear and your helmet are brightly colored.
Even accents of brighter colors in strategic places on your jacket or helmet could make you more visible to other motorists. Little patches of color can help you stand out when you drive in shaded areas or on a cloudy day.
There are so many options for gear these days that you don’t have to worry about finding something you like. There will be many different options in a range of colors that will fit your style and personality.
Sound alone won’t necessarily draw enough attention
Many people invest in special pipes that make their motorcycle louder. Others buy bikes that make more noise on purpose. The idea is to create a loud, rumbling sound that other drivers simply can’t ignore. Unfortunately, between rumble strips and large commercial trucks, people are relatively used to loud noises on the road.
Simply hearing the rumble of your bike approaching may not make someone look up and notice you. Bright colors, lights and reflective areas on your gear, bike and helmet are a better investment. Not only do they protect your hearing from the damage that could result from years of loud riding, but they also draw the eye more than a noise might.
For motorcyclists who end up injured despite taking great care to remain safe, there are legal options available. You may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. If that driver claims to have not noticed you, you may be able to develop a strategy that asserts that the claim is evidence of negligence.
The exact approach you should take to enforcing your legal rights and obtaining compensation for your losses will vary depending on the circumstances of your crash.