Motorcycle riders love the freedom that comes along with riding a motorcycle on the open road.
Unfortunately, the chance of a fatality in a motorcycle accident is approximately 30 times higher than in a car accident. There are precautions motorcyclists can take to help prevent an accident and lower the risk of serious injury or death when an accident occurs. Below, our Tuscaloosa accident attorney discusses 10 of the most effective precautions motorcyclists can take.
Wearing a helmet and reflective gear are two of the easiest ways motorcycle riders can protect themselves in case of an accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a helmet is 37% effective in preventing deaths for motorcycle riders and 41% effective in preventing deaths for motorcycle passengers.
Motorcycle riders should be vigilant in obeying posted speed limits and other traffic laws. It is best not to engage in aggressive driving or take unnecessary risks.
Drinking before riding a motorcycle has a negative effect on the rider’s reaction time and ability to concentrate.
Even experienced riders can learn something new at a motorcycle safety course. Plus, our Tuscaloosa accident attorney advises that an insurance company may lower the premiums of a motorcyclist that completed an approved safety class.
It is more difficult for motorcycle riders to see, and be seen, after dark. It is best to only ride a motorcycle when the sun is out and the rider can see for a long distance.
Motorcycles perform better when they are well maintained. Motorcyclists should have routine maintenance performed on their machines to stop preventable accidents from occurring.
Inclement weather not only makes for low visibility but it also makes it more difficult for a rider to maintain control over their motorcycle. High winds and slippery roads are never good conditions for motorcycling.
Motorcyclists should stay vigilant, with their eyes always peeled to see other motor vehicles, pedestrians, and any potential dangers.
It is best for motorcyclists to keep their distance from cars whenever possible. Close proximity increases the likelihood of an accident.
It is best for motorcyclists to assume that drivers cannot see them and not rely on others to prevent an accident from happening.
A Tuscaloosa accident attorney at Cross & Smith is here for you when you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. Contact our firm via our contact page or by calling 877-791-0618 to find out how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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Posted By: Eddie Briseño