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Few experiences can compare to the rush motorcycle enthusiasts get when hopping on their bike for a ride. Motorcycles can be a convenient way to get around for daily errands, work, or just enjoying beautiful weather (especially with fall just around the corner!). However, the road can be a dangerous place for motorists and it’s important to be aware of how to ride safely while sharing the road with other vehicles. Read some of our motorcycle safety tips so you can enjoy your ride!
Wear Protection While Riding
In the event of a collision, motorcyclists should take every precaution in protecting themselves. In most accidents, being thrown from the motorcycle is common, and the likelihood of being hurt as a result is significantly increased. Certain provisions can help keep you safe should you find yourself in an accident:
• Wear the Proper Gear – A motorcycle rider’s helmet is unquestionably the most crucial piece of protective gear. When riding, you should also wear a jacket, face shield, boots, gloves, and goggles, among other items of protective clothing.
• Attend a training course – No matter how much riding experience you have, it never hurts to improve. Riders of all skill levels can take motorcycle safety courses.
• Keep Your Distance – A lot of motorcycle riders fail to leave enough room between their vehicle and the one in front of them. Your chance of getting into an accident will increase significantly if you tailgate.
• Defensive Driving – As the smallest vehicle on the road, it is especially important to watch out for other motorists. Try to stay out of a car’s blind spot, and only switch lanes when necessary. Additionally, it’s crucial to use turn signals early on to let other drivers know what your intentions are.
Vehicle Drivers Must Also Prioritize Safety—Here’s How
Approximately 75% of crashes involve a collision with another vehicle. Like motorcyclists, drivers of other vehicles have a responsibility to drive safely and prevent collisions. Vehicle drivers therefore need to take special care to avoid motorcycle riders. Here’s how:
- Keep your attention on the road. Distracting activities like texting, talking on the phone, taking pictures, eating, and drinking all increase the risk of accidents. In general, motorcycles are harder to see than cars, and distractions can make them even harder to spot.
- Before reversing or changing lanes, look in your blind spots. Motorcyclists can hide in a car’s blind spots. To avoid hitting something, drivers must check all their mirrors and turn their heads. If they don’t, the driver may turn in front of an approaching motorcycle or merge into the lane already occupied by one.
- Keep a safe distance away from motorcycle riders. Lane markings must be respected by all drivers.
What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
First and foremost, get medical attention right away. Once you are safe and in good hands with a doctor, call our office immediately at 864 242-1366. Motorcycle collisions can be, and frequently are, extremely serious. If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, you deserve compensation for several factors. These could include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage to your bike, permanent disability and more.
Our family of skilled lawyers will assist you in navigating the legal system, so you receive the compensation you deserve. When you call Philpot Law Firm, you’ll speak with a REAL attorney – not a paralegal or investigator. Your recovery process and future are worth getting our professional advice. Trust in the Philpot name, not a flashy number.