• May
    01
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Safety Tips: How to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident

    Motorcyclists have an unfortunate reputation for reckless behavior, and that’s a shame because it simply is not true. It’s true that there’s a high number of accidents and injuries that involve motorcycles, but in many cases, those accidents aren’t the motorcyclist’s fault.

    If you are a motorcyclist yourself, you know that you need to watch out for careless automobile drivers, who frequently ignore motorcyclists on the road, pulling into your lane and turning unexpectedly. But there are other ways you can avoid a motorcycle accident that involves your own behavior. Here are our top safety tips for how to avoid a motorcycle accident:

    • Make sure that you are properly equipped. Wearing a Department of Transportation approved helmet and protective clothing with long pants and long sleeves is essential, and our clothing should be made of thick material like leather You should also make sure that your hands, eyes and feet are covered with gloves, eye protection and boots that cover your ankles.
    • Avoid wearing black. Although black may be in keeping with the image that many motorcyclists like to convey, wearing bright colors and having plenty of reflective items on your bike and your clothing help motorists see you. It’s especially helpful to have a light-colored helmet.
    • Make sure that you’re using your headlight whenever you’re driving, even during the day. Your goal is to make sure that you are as visible as possible.
    • Be aware of our surroundings at all times. Not only do you need to be mindful of drivers around you who aren’t paying attention and may suddenly shift into your lane or swerve, but you also need to watch out for road hazards that present real dangers to motorcycles. Potholes, sand and rocks in the road might not be a big deal for a car or a truck, but they can cause accidents for motorcyclists.
    • Be very careful whenever you come to an intersection. Many motorists will turn in front of a motorcycle as though they don’t count, and it is one of the most common causes of motorcycle rider injuries.
    • Follow the rules of the road. Not only do you need to pay attention to signs and traffic signals but you also need to be careful not to speed and not drink and ride.

    If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney who will look out for your best interests. Contact us today to discuss your situation.

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