Motorcycle Accidents: How to Avoid Them

While it is true that safety on the road is everyone’s responsibility, it is also true that motorcyclists need to exercise more caution than the average motorist. Just one collision while riding a motorcycle could leave you with debilitating injuries, such as broken bones, paralysis, brain damage, and severe lacerations. Whether you are a veteran rider with thousands of miles behind your two-wheeler or still mastering your techniques, review these helpful safety tips to help you avoid dangerous motorcycle accidents.

  1. Protective gear and helmets: Never ride without your helmet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over a third of all motorcycle accident fatalities would have been prevented had the rider been wearing a helmet. Thick clothing and long pants will also help spare you from life threatening road rash.
  2. Training and certifications: If you do not feel you are at the top of your game, do not hesitate to get professional riding lessons. You should also be sure to get your official motorcycle license, as the test alone can prove to yourself and the state whether or not you are ready to be a full-time motorcyclist.
  3. Proper maintenance: Just as with any vehicle, you need to properly maintain your motorcycle. A single part failure can send you toppling.
  4. No sharing lanes: Riding alongside an automobile is extremely dangerous. Motorists might not know you are there and sideswipe into you or cut in front of you when making a sudden turn. Don’t share your lane and make your presence on the road known by staying out of blind spots.
  5. Avoid common hazards: Keep an eye out for debris or slick roads, especially after inclement weather. Use extra caution when rounding blind corners. Something that a larger vehicle could roll over fine may present a serious hazard to you when riding your motorcycle.
  6. Do not drink and ride: Maintaining control and balance on a motorcycle can be tricky in certain situations, even to experts. Adding alcohol to the mix is a recipe for disaster. To avoid drinking and riding, simply do not do it.

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Traffic collisions are essentially unavoidable. Talk to anyone who frequently commutes and they are likely to tell you that they have been in at least one accident in their lifetime. The same can be said with motorcyclists who exercise the utmost caution while riding.

If you have been in a motorcycle accident and you do not believe it was your fault, contact me, Miami personal injury attorney Danielle Cohen. I have years of experience helping the wrongfully injured and have accrued an extensive list of appreciative client testimonials. Call 305.707.6425 today to learn how I can help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.