Motorcyclists face all sorts of dangers as they ride along Florida roads and highways. Road defects, distracted drivers and poor weather pose major threats to motorcycle riders. One of the main hazards for motorcyclists has to do with the other vehicles on the road. Cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and other motor vehicles have dangerous blind spots, which can make a motorcycle virtually invisible.
A blind spot refers to the area of the road that cannot be seen when looking forward or through the side or rearview mirrors. For the most part, the larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spot. Bigger vehicles tend to have blind spots that are greater in the front and sides. This fact is especially frightening for motorcyclists, because there are countless SUVs, vans and trucks sharing the road.
Tractor trailers have some of the most dangerous blind spots, which are large enough to hide entire vehicles. These blind spots are located in the rear of the vehicle and also directly to the left and front right. That is why so many semi trucks have signs that read, “If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you.”
Most blind spots are located at the rear of vehicles on both sides. If a motorcycle is traveling in an adjacent lane, it is easy for it to become hidden. When a driver is not paying attention or only relies on his or her mirrors, there is a risk of causing a Daytona Beach motorcycle accident.
There are devices available to help eliminate blind spots, including rearview video cameras, distance sensors and spot mirrors.
When a motorcycle and automobile collide, it is usually catastrophic for the motorcyclist. Motorcycle riders have very little protection in an accident and the injuries tend to be serious. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Volusia County, Flagler County, Putnam County, Seminole County, Lake County, Orange County, St. Johns County, Brevard County, Osceola County, Polk County, Duval County, Marion County or Alachua County, you need to contact an experienced Daytona Beach motorcycle accident attorney at Johnson & Gilbert, P. A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890 for legal advice. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.