Sometimes motorcyclists are injured in a traffic accident caused by another biker, and often that "other biker" is a friend. Although the vast majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by bigger vehicles like cars and trucks, serious collisions can also occur when motorcyclists are riding in groups.
If you were hurt while riding in a group, you might not want to make a personal injury claim against your friend. However, you should understand that you're really filing a claim against their insurance policy. It's why they have insurance in the first place! Furthermore, you won't be compensated for your medical bills or damaged motorcycle unless you make a claim.
Tips to Avoid Accidents When Riding in a Group
Plan and Prepare Ahead of Time
Before you set out, decide as a group what the route will be, where and when you’ll stop, and make sure the most experienced riders are leading and tailing the group. Riding with a group of riders can give you a false sense of safety, but remember that every biker’s level of experience is different.
Pay attention not just to other road users, but to other members of your group around you. Use hand signals to communicate with each other when necessary. It is the lead rider’s job to look ahead for upcoming hazards and signal early to other riders so they are prepared as they approach.
Riding in Formation
When riding as a group, never ride in pairs - a staggered formation is better. It's safest to switch to a single-file formation when turning or negotiating curves.
Passing in Formation
If you approach a slower vehicle on the road that you need to pass, do so one at a time. The leader should go first and leave enough room behind for others to follow.
Get a Free Consultation with an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle collision and another biker caused the wreck, you have a right to make a claim for compensation. Contact the Anderson Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation. Call toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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