A Washington motorcycle accident attorney shares helpful questions to ask when deciding where to position your motorcycle in the lane for optimal safety.

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Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Motorcycle Lane Placement

Andrew Kim
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This month, we have been discussing how to position your motorcycle in your lane to best protect you from collisions and accidents. When riding, ask yourself the following questions before deciding where to position your bike in its lane: 

  • Are there fluids on the road? Fluids are often located in the center of the lane, making traveling on the right or left side of the lane safer. 
  • Is there gravel on the road? Gravel can collect on the far right side of the lane, especially in the spring months after a winter of sanding the roads. 
  • Are there bends and curves on the roads? When negotiating curves on the road, it may be safest to travel from the right side of the lane to the left side, or vice versa. 
  • Is there oncoming traffic? On two-lane highways and narrow streets, it may be safer to use the center or right part of your lane to avoid a head-on collision. 
  • Can you see upcoming hazards? Positioning yourself so that you can see what is approaching is one of the most important considerations when choosing a safe lane position. 
  • Can other vehicles see you? In many cases, driving on the left side of your lane makes you more visible to oncoming traffic, especially at night. 
  • Is there a hazard on the shoulder? Choose the left third of the lane if there is a narrow shoulder, a steep drop, or a disabled vehicle on the right side of the road. 
  • Are there problems with the road surface? Scan the road for potholes, ruts, or other issues on the pavement, if one part of the road is less affected than others, use that space for travel. 

Would you like to schedule a case evaluation with an experienced Washington motorcycle accident attorney? Call Andrew Kim today: 800.636.3676. 

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