Motorcyclist blind spots are to the left, right, and behind the bike. The following reviews blind spots for motorcyclists so that you can avoid some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania.
Directly Behind You
While the type and the angle of the mirror affect how much you can see behind you, never fully rely on a mirror when changing lanes. It’s not uncommon for an oncoming car to emerge from a side street or other unknown area and creep up on you. Use a full head turn when changing lanes.
To the Left and Right of Your Bike
Blind spots for cars tend to be directly to the left and right of the vehicle, and slightly to the rear. This is exactly the same for motorcyclists; oncoming vehicles to the left or the right of the rider, and slightly to the rear (driving at the tail end of the motorcycle) can be hard to see in motorcycle mirror. Again, it is essential to perform a full head turn to check for oncoming cars before lane changes.
What’s more, Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, Subchapter H – Motorcycles, requires all motorcycles to have at least one working mirror that is not cracked, broken, or discolored, and that provides a rear unobstructed view of at least 200 feet.
It is true that certain drivers can obtain a certificate of exemption so that they only need have a rearview mirror on the left side of the motorcycle. However, you can optimize your safety and decrease your blind spots by installing a mirror on both the left and the right side of your bike.
What are my options if I’m injured in a motorcycle accident?
If you’re injured in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania, you are exempt from the state’s no-fault insurance laws that prevent you from filing a tort action; instead, you are welcome to pursue a claim either with an insurance company, or in civil court. However, if you decide to do the latter, you are still required to file your claim within two years’ time, under Pennsylvania Code Section 5524.
We strongly advise the help of a motorcycle accident attorney if you want to recover full and fair compensation. You should use a motorcycle crash lawyer regardless of where your claim is filed: with an insurance company or in civil court. To meet with the motorcycle accident attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC today, call us now at 215-642-2335 or fill out our contact form.