Motorcycle Safety Tips

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 18:22

There are over 4 million motorcycles registered in the U.S. Approximately 80% of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, according to the motorcycle safety guide by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Motorcycle fatalities represent 5% of all highway fatalities each year. The cause of many motorcycle crashes can be attributed to lack of basic riding skills, failure to use special precautions while riding, failure to follow speed limits, and more. As a motorcyclist, your chance of survival can be increased by following these simple safety tips:

  • Never Ride Without a Helmet and Eye Protection: check your helmet for the DOT logo to ensure that it complies with DOT requirements.
  • Read the Owner’s Manual: familiarize yourself with your motorcycle.
  • Attend a Motorcycle Training Course: it is the best way to learn how to operate a motorcycle safely and skillfully.
  • Wear the Correct Shoes, Gloves & Clothing: thick, protective attire is all that is between you and the pavement in the event of a crash. It could save your life.
  • Abide By Traffic Rules & Regulations: the same traffic rules that apply to other motorists apply to you as a motorcyclist. Become familiar with traffic rules before you take your motorcycle on a public road.
  • Ride With a Passenger With Caution: riding with a passenger requires even more skill than riding alone.
  • Avoid Tailgating
  • Avoid Riding Between Lanes: never ride between lanes of slow moving or stopped traffic. Never share a lane with another vehicle.
  • Be Alert at Intersections: this is where 70% of motorcycle collisions occur. Watch for vehicles that may unexpectedly turn in front of you or pull out in front of you. Be prepared to react quickly.
  • Assume That You Are Invisible to Other Motorists: position yourself so that you are seen. Ride in the portion of the lane where it is most likely that you will be seen by others on the road. Avoid “no-zones” or blind spots.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us immediately.

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