Motorcycling can be a thrilling and rewarding experience. However, it is essential to remember that riding a motorcycle is also inherently dangerous. Motorcycles are much smaller and less visible than other vehicles on the road, and motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury in the event of a crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be killed in a crash per mile traveled than passenger car occupants. Additionally, motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in a crash.
The good news is that there are many things that motorcyclists can do to reduce their risk of injury or death in a crash. Following essential safety tips and practices, motorcyclists can significantly improve their chances of staying safe on the road.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
Wear a helmet:
The most important thing a motorcyclist can do to stay safe is to wear a helmet. Helmets are proven to reduce the risk of head injury and death in the event of a crash. Helmets should be DOT-approved and fit snugly but comfortably.
Motorcyclists should always dress in appropriate gear when riding. Protective gear, such as a jacket, pants, gloves, and boots, can help to protect against road rash, windburn, and other injuries.
Be aware of your surroundings:
Motorcyclists must constantly be aware of their surroundings and potential hazards, such as other vehicles on the road, as well as road conditions and hazards, such as potholes, debris, and uneven pavement.
Motorcyclists should always ride defensively if other drivers do not see them by avoiding blind spots, signaling all lane changes and turns, and leaving extra following distance.
Motorcyclists should be predictable in their riding habits, signaling early, avoiding erratic lane changes, and riding at a safe speed.
Avoid riding impaired:
Motorcyclists should never ride impaired by alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drugs impair judgment and reaction time, making it more challenging to operate a motorcycle safely.
Take a safety course:
One of the best ways to improve motorcycle safety is to take a safety course. Safety courses teach motorcyclists about the basics of motorcycle operation, as well as safe riding practices.
Tips for Drivers Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists
Be aware of your surroundings:
Drivers must be aware of their surroundings and potential hazards at all times, which is especially important when sharing the road with motorcyclists. Motorcycles are much smaller and less visible than other vehicles on the road, so it is essential to check your mirrors and blind spots frequently.
Give motorcyclists extra space:
Drivers should always give motorcyclists extra space on the road by leaving at least four seconds of following distance when behind a motorcycle and avoiding tailgating. Drivers should also avoid passing motorcycles in unsafe conditions or when the motorcyclist signals they are about to turn.
Use your turn signals:
Drivers should always use their turn signals when making turns or changing lanes, even when no other vehicles are around. It helps to alert motorcyclists to your intentions and gives them time to react.
Drivers should be patient and understanding when sharing the road with motorcyclists. Motorcyclists often need to maneuver differently than other vehicles on the road, such as when avoiding potholes or debris.
Motorcycle safety is a shared responsibility between motorcyclists and other drivers. Following the tips above, motorcyclists and drivers can help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
What to do if you are in a motorcycle accident:
If you are in a motorcycle accident, first, you should check yourself and any passengers for injuries. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately. Once you have ensured everyone is safe, you should exchange contact information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. You should also take photos of the accident and any damage to your motorcycle.
Once you have exchanged information and taken photos, contact the Galbreath Law Firm immediately. The Galbreath Law Firm is a team of experienced motorcycle accident attorneys who can help you protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
When you call the Galbreath Law Firm, a legal assistant will gather information about your accident and schedule a free consultation with an attorney. The attorney will review your case during your consultation and discuss your legal options.
If you hire the Galbreath Law Firm, they will manage all aspects of your case, from investigating the accident to negotiating a settlement or taking your case to trial.
Here is the contact information for the Galbreath Law Firm:
Phone number: (325) 437-7000
Address: 1801 N Mockingbird Ln, Abilene, TX 79603
The Galbreath Law Firm is committed to helping motorcycle accident victims and their families get the justice they deserve. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Galbreath Law Firm today to learn more about your legal rights and options.