Have you or someone you’ve known recently been involved in a motorcycle accident? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, motorcycles are less visible than cars on the road, leading to a total of 4,976 fatalities in 2016.
Though a motorcycle ride can be both thrilling and refreshing, when laws and safety tips are not followed, these same rides are very likely to turn dangerous.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
A variety of motorcycle safety tips exist, and for very good reason. While incorporating these tips during your ride cannot guarantee preventing an accident, they can increase your chances of making it to your destination uninjured.
- Always wear a helmet: Again, this tip is not guaranteed to protect you, yet, statistics estimate that helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing deaths, and almost 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries in motorcycle accidents.
- Follow all traffic laws: Mainly, it is imperative not to speed. Furthermore, make sure you are fully aware of all other traffic laws and rules of the road.
- Keep yourself educated: Do you know how to properly ride a motorcycle? Before riding (especially if it is your first time), consider completing a formal class or program, which will strengthen your techniques and strategies.
- Make sure your motorcycle is in good condition: Before heading out for a ride, check your bike. Particularly, you will want to pay attention to the tires, headlights, taillights, and turn signals. Lastly, verify there are no oil, gas, or other fluid leaks.
- Pay attention: When you are on the road, always pay attention to your surroundings. You are not responsible for other driver’s actions, but you are responsible for your own.
A motorcycle accident can be a devastating experience. If you need legal assistance, contact a motorcycle accident attorney at C. Ray Carlson today. During this difficult time, you do not have to be alone.
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