It is impossible to anticipate an accident. Most of the time they happen in a blink of an eye and there is nothing you can do. But as a motorcyclist, there are precautions that you can and should take in order to minimize the risk of an accident and avoid injury if one does happen.
In 2014, (the most recent data available) 92,000 motorcyclist were injured on the road. Of those in crashes, 4,586 died as a result. Motorcyclists are 5 times more likely to get injured in an accident than someone in a car and that is why it is important to avoid any accident. Here are a few tips:
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Know Your Bike
- Before you ever go on the road you should understand how your bike works. Brakes, gas, turn signals, etc.
- You should also understand your limits on the bike. Don’t push yourself.
- Don’t let others ride your bike if they don’t know what they are doing.
- Your safety is in your own hands.
- While cars should absolutely be attentive and careful, they may have a hard time seeing you.
- Avoid blind spots. If you can see the driver in the side mirror, they can also see you.
- Don’t ride to close to cars or other motorcycles. This will lower your reaction time if something does go wrong.
- Don’t speed.
- Slow down for corners and make sure you know what is ahead.
- Avoid gravel and sand. This will cause you to spin out.
- Be one step ahead. Always be on the look out for potential dangers and accidents.
Even with precautions, accidents do happen. So:
- Always wear a helmet. Always.
- Wear appropriate protective clothing.
- Make sure that your bike is functioning properly.
While we never want you to go through an accident, whenever you get on your motorcycle it is good to listen to this advice: Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact us today for a free consultation. You deserve compensation for your losses and as experienced motorcycle attorney’s, we know how to help.
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