Motorcycle Accident Attorney Chicago: Importance of Lane Positioning While Riding

by Matthew Willens on Nov. 02, 2015

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: Safe motorcycle riding includes adjusting your position in the lane according to the situation.

Motorcyclists are exposed to a higher risk of Chicago automobile accidents despite the fact that a motorcycle is much more maneuverable than a four-wheel vehicle. As a motorcyclist, you can take more swift turns and can move your bike through a small space. Unlike a motorcycle, a car requires a large space within a lane. One way to ensure safe motorcycle riding is by adjusting your position in the lane according to the demands of the situation. Imagine that the road is divided into three segments – left, right, and center. Now consider in which part of the road you should position your bike. Here are some useful tips.

Keep a Safe Distance

Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. If you are passing a car from behind, make sure you use the third of the lane furthest from the car. Use the lane furthest from the car when you are passing through its blind spot. This gives you time to react to any suddenly approaching vehicles.

Stay Visible

For better visibility on the road, position your motorcycle in the right segment of the road. For example, keep your bike in the center third of the road when you are following a car, so that the driver of the car in front can clearly view your headlight in the rear view mirror. If you are about to pass a car, stay in the third lane of the lane nearest to the car, so that the car’s driver can view your headlight in the side mirror. Use the third of the lane furthest from the car in front when passing the car. After you have passed the car, consider returning to the closest third.

In some situations, you may find both sides of your bike are blocked with vehicles. Do not try to hurry and stay in the center of the road in such situations. You can consider passing the vehicles in the middle third of the lane.

Be Aware of Other Drivers

Be careful about what signals you are sending to other drivers on the road. Remember that other drivers may judge your intentions from your lane positioning. For example, if you are on the right third of the lane while approaching an intersection, other drivers may assume that you are going to take a right turn. So you need to make sure you are not giving a wrong signal to the other drivers on the road.

If you have started motorcycle riding only recently, you may get a little confused with so many instructions. However, with practice, you will soon understand that most of the driving rules expect you to use nothing but your common sense on the road. If you get injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver's negligence, you can make a claim for compensation with the help of a Chicago motorcycle accident attorney. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.

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