Motorcycle Accidents: Safety Tips for Riders
Several thousand fatalities occur every year due to motorcycle accidents. And, since 1966, there have been over 150,000 motorcycle fatalities in America alone. More often than not, it is the motorcyclist that is injured or killed – not the driver in the other vehicle. Because motorcycle accidents happen often, we have attorneys ready to fight for you if you’ve been involved in an accident.
Consider the following tips to prevent being a victim of a motorcycle accident:
Leave Plenty of Space
Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Even if your reaction time is fast in certain situations, not having enough space to stop will result in an accident. Keep in mind that vehicles have blind spots that motorcycles do not. So, when you are passing a vehicle, take extra steps to make sure they have seen you before you pass.
Watch for Hazardous Items on the Road
Cars and other vehicles don’t have to worry as much about gravel patches or oil slicks, but hazardous situations like these can be harmful to motorcycles. Stay focused on the road ahead of you so you can avoid obstructions. Additionally, avoid riding in the middle of the road, as that is where oil leaks occur.
Obey the Speed Limit
It may be tempting to ride faster than the speed limit, especially in areas where there are minimal cars. However, motorcycles must obey driving laws just like other vehicles. Additionally, motorcycles are much smaller than the average car. If you’re driving faster than you’re supposed to, the driver in another vehicle may not see you and an accident may occur.
Avoid Weaving In & Out of Traffic
Weaving in and out of traffic is one of the most common scenarios that cause motorcycle accidents. Many drivers are not looking for oncoming traffic in between lanes (because it’s illegal), and could switch lanes and hit you accidentally.
If you’ve been hurt or your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our attorneys today for legal representation.