When you ride your motorcycle, one thing you hate is when drivers get too close to you. If you had to suddenly stop, you’d end up in a crash because they wouldn’t have time to slow down. That’s what happened in this case.
A man from Whitesboro is recovering after he was struck from behind while riding his motorcycle. According to the news and the New York Mills police, a woman had been driving her vehicle north on Commercial Drive behind the motorcyclist.
She was allegedly traveling too closely, so when the motorcyclist slowed down to stop and turn, she hit him from behind. The man was ejected from the motorcycle, and he had to be taken to St. Elizabeth’s hospital for treatment. The woman received a citation, according to the Sept. 10 report.
Following too closely behind a motorcyclist is just as dangerous as turning into one at an intersection. You should always give the vehicle in front of you enough space to slow down and stop so that you don’t end up too close or having to slam on your brakes.
Most of the time, a good rule of thumb is to stay at least one vehicle length behind the vehicle in front of you for every 10 mph you are traveling. This gives you plenty of time to slow down yourself if the driver in front of you slows down unexpectedly.
If you are struck by someone who is tailgating you, you have the right to speak out and file a claim. Drivers have to be more aware of how fast they’re traveling and give others space.