A Seattle motorcycle accident attorney discusses in what part of the lane to ride your motorcycle to best prevent accidents, collisions, and injury.

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Learning Motorcycle Lane Positioning & Preventing Accidents

Andrew Kim
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Standard road lanes are twelve feet wide and made based on the width of four-wheeled cars and trucks. However, a motorcycle is much narrower than that, and bike riders have the luxury of deciding where in the lane to ride: the left, the right, or the center. While you may at first think that riding in the center of the lane is always the best choice, many factors determine the best choice for you, including the road conditions and the traffic conditions. 

  • The center of the lane. The center of the lane may be an ideal choice if you are traveling on an interstate with three lanes and wish to keep distance between yourself and vehicles to either side of you. However, you should note that the center of the lane often collects fluids from other vehicles, such as oil, that can be hazardous to bikers. 
  • The left side of the lane. The left third of your lane can be a very safe space for a motorcycle: it is usually clear of gravel that can collect on the right side of the lane, it positions bikes away from unpaved areas, and it puts you in a position where other motorists can see you well. However, the left side of the lane may be more dangerous if you are on a two-lane highway or with curves and oncoming traffic. 
  • The right side of the lane. The right side of the lane may be best if you are on a winding road on which other vehicles cross the centerline frequently, or if you have a better vantage point of upcoming hazards from that position. While it is free of fluids that collect in the center of the lane, it can collect debris such as gravel and sand. 

Have you been involved in a Seattle motorcycle accident and wish to collect compensation for your injuries from the at-fault party? A Washington personal injury attorney may be able to help. Andrew Kim offers motorcycle accident victims a free, personal case evaluation. To get your legal questions answered today, call 800.636.3676.


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