Sharing the Road: 10 Tips for Motorcyclists & Drivers

Jun 4, 2024

Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, offering riders a sense of freedom and adventure that’s hard to match. Thousands of motorcyclists and drivers share Alberta’s highways and city roads on a daily basis, but unfortunately accidents can and do happen. In many cases, these are accidents that could have been avoided. Here are some things motorcyclists and drivers can do to help keep our roads safe this summer. 

Key tips for motorcyclists: 

  • Gear Up for Safety: Before hitting the road, make sure you’re geared up with proper safety equipment. This includes a DOT or SNELL certified helmet, sturdy riding jacket and pants, gloves, and boots. Remember, your gear is your best defense against road rash and serious injuries. 
  • Stay Visible: Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars, so it’s crucial to make yourself as visible as possible to others on the road. Wear bright colors, use reflective gear, and always keep your headlights on, even during the day. 
  • Stay Alert: Always ride defensively and assume that others may not see you. Stay focused, anticipate potential hazards, and be prepared to react quickly to any situation that may arise. 
  • Obey Traffic Laws: Just like any other vehicle on the road, motorcycles must obey all traffic laws. This includes following the speed limit, using turn signals, and respecting right-of-way. 
  • Keep Your Skills Sharp: Continuous learning and practice are essential for motorcycle riders. Consider taking advanced riding courses to improve your skills and stay up to date on the latest safety techniques. 

Key tips for drivers: 

  • Check Your Blind Spots: Motorcycles can easily disappear in a car’s blind spot, so always double-check before changing lanes or making a turn. A quick glance over your shoulder could prevent a serious accident. 
  • Give Motorcycles Space: Motorcycles may need to maneuver suddenly to avoid obstacles or hazards. Give them plenty of space to maneuver safely and avoid tailgating. 
  • Use Your Turn Signals: Signaling your intentions helps motorcyclists anticipate your movements and react accordingly. Use your turn signals well in advance to communicate your next move. 
  • Look Twice at Intersections: Intersections are high-risk areas for motorcycle accidents. Before proceeding, take an extra moment to look for motorcycles approaching from any direction. 
  • Be Patient: Remember that motorcycles have a smaller profile and may accelerate or decelerate at different speeds that many other vehicles on the road. Be patient and allow them the time and space they need to navigate traffic safely. 

Injured in a motorcycle accident in Alberta? 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Even if you think you may be partially at fault for the accident, you may still be eligible for compensation for the actions of the other driver. It won’t cost you anything to speak with our legal team and consultations are always free.  

DID YOU KNOW? In Alberta, you generally have up to two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury claim, or your right to do so is lost forever. But it’s important not to wait, as there may be other important deadlines or circumstances that may affect the deadline or your claim.  

What will a motorcycle accident claim cost? 

If you do choose to file a motorcycle accident claim, you don’t pay us anything unless and until we resolve your claim. At Litco Law, we never bill by the hour. We also cover the cost of disbursements during your claim, so you can focus on your recovery without having to worry about surprise legal bills.  

We’re here for you. 

Litco Law has helped thousands of injured Albertans get the compensation they deserve. We advocate for the rights of those injured as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to speak with a member of our legal team and book a free consultation. 

Remember, when it comes to sharing the road, we’re all in this together. By following these tips and practicing mutual respect and courtesy, we can create a safer environment for everyone, whether on two wheels or four. Safe travels! 


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