Motorcycle riders like yourself have to be on guard while riding on Texas roads. This is because other drivers may not be watching for your bike until it is too late to avoid a collision. Some motorcycle accidents happen when a car changes lanes and hits a bike already in the lane.
Fortunately, you may be able to recognize when there is a greater chance that someone will change into your lane and take appropriate precautions to prevent a crash.
Check the environment
According to Ride Apart, the possibility of a lane change may increase if traffic in one lane is proceeding faster than the others. Drivers eager to make better time on the road may try to shift into that lane. If you are in the fast lane, you should be cautious of other drivers who want to enter your space.
Watch for vehicle behavior
Automobiles usually give off signs that they are about to make a lane shift. You may observe one or all of the following:
- A turn signal switches on
- The driver looks into your lane
- The driver checks the vehicle mirrors
- The vehicle starts to wander in the lane
Also, make sure you are not in the blind spot of the vehicle before it makes a turn. If you notice the eyes of a driver in the mirrors of the vehicle, the motorist may see you. However, do not take it to mean that the driver will necessarily notice you.
Remaining vigilant for lane-changing vehicles might not always prevent an accident, but it could do a lot to help you avoid a deadly outcome.