As personal injury attorneys, we understand all too well the consequences of motorcycle crash. We urge new and seasoned drivers to stay safe and consider the following:
- Be sure your motorcycle is a good fit: When positioned on your bike, both feet should be able to rest on the ground without strain. Handlebars and controls should be easy to reach.
- Antilock brakes are a proven lifesaver: Riders with antilock brakes are an estimated 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash. According to consumer reports, “ABS helps you retain steering control during an emergency stop, and it can be especially valuable in slippery conditions.”
- Find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course in your area: This course is designed to teacher motorists how to successfully perform emergency maneuvers. Certain insurance plans will give discounted rates to those who completed the course. Moreover some states will allow those who completed the course to skip the road test and or the written test as part of the licensing process.
- Protect yourself, wear a helmet: The safest choice is a full face helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation. Modern helmets are comfortable and strong, and increase your risk of walking away from an accident without a brain or head injury.
- Wear protective apparel: Proper clothing will protect you from wind chill, insects, debris, and possible road rash. Remember to guard your eyes as well with a helmet visor or goggles. In order to ensure other motorists can see you, select gear in bright colors.
- Be alert: In car and motorcycle collisions, cars are at fault an estimated 60% of the time. It’s important to be aware of drivers unexpectedly changing lanes or pulling into oncoming traffic from side streets. Always keep a safe following distance in order to give yourself enough time to stop suddenly if necessary.
- Be weather conscious: Rain will reduce visibility and decrease your tires’ grip on the road. Be cautious when applying your brakes, throttle, and steering. In extremely windy situations, try to anticipate the potential push from side and move into the side of the lane the wind is coming from.
- Look out for road hazards: Bumps, potholes, sand, wet leaves, and even pebbles can pose a serious danger to bikers. If avoidable, reduce speed as much as possible.
Taking these steps may help reduce the likelihood of injury. Read more of our Motorbike safety tips here.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle crash, please contact us now. We can help.