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Why do other vehicles violate motorcyclists' right of way?

According to the National Safety Council, in most cases where a motorcycle and other vehicle collide, it is the driver of the other vehicle's fault for violating the motorcyclist's right of way. This fact serves to reinforce that drivers in the Longview area need to be on the lookout for motorcyclists.

There are many reasons why drivers often fail to yield the right of way to motorcyclists. In many cases, because motorcycles are small compared to other vehicles, drivers simply do not see them coming.

In some cases, the reasons that drivers do not see them is that the motorcyclist is in the blind spot of the vehicle or behind another vehicle on the road. While obviously motorcyclists should try to stay in the clear view of other vehicles, sometimes this is not possible, especially in heavy traffic.

In other cases, a driver may see a motorcyclist but not accurately gauge how fast the motorcyclist was traveling. Predicting when and how quickly a motorcyclist will stop or swerve is also difficult for many motorists simply because motorcyclists operate differently than do other vehicles.

Of course, the ongoing distracted driving problem does not help. If even a second of looking at one's phone can cause a crash with another full-sized vehicle, such is even more true with respect to motorcyclists which are hard even for an attentive driver to spot.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents almost always end with the motorcyclist suffering serious injuries. This is all the more reason why Texas drivers must pay careful attention for motorcyclists and exercise caution around them. When drivers fail in this responsibility and cause motorcycle accidents, victims can pursue compensation.

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