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What is a safe following distance when behind a motorcycle?

by | Jun 2, 2016 | Motorcycle Accidents

As this blog has stated previously, motorcycles do not operate in exactly the same way as other vehicles on North Carolina’s highways. Aside from being smaller, they also maneuver differently and require some special handling, since, after all, they have some features more common to bicycles than to cars. Other motorists on the roads of Raleigh thus need to take extra care around motorcycles.

For instance, the recommended following distance when traveling behind a motorcycle is a bit longer than the standard two seconds that are recommended when following most vehicles. Generally, it’s best to give a three or four second following distance when travelling behind a motorcyclist. It is also important that drivers be especially careful when near a motorcyclist and approaching an intersection.

One of the reasons motorcyclists need additional following distance involves the way that they come to a stop or slow down. Motorcyclists often do not rely on their brakes to slow or stop their vehicles as would drivers in passenger cars would. Instead, motorcyclists will shift gears down or simply give less gas to their engine. When this happens, other drivers may not see a brake light or even notice that the bike is coming to a stop.

As with any vehicle, following too closely can result in a motorcycle accident. While a rear-end accident may in most cases amount to little more than a fender-bender, a rear-end accident caused by an inattentive driver can send a motorcyclist flying off his or her bike, leading to a serious injury. In such cases, compensation may be available to the injured motorcyclist to cover damages such as medical expenses and lost wages. Those who have been harmed in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver may want to consider seeking out legal assistance.


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