Preventing Motorcycle Accidents
For motorcyclists, accident prevention is the answer to avoiding serious and even fatal injuries on the road. Motorcycle riders are far more likely to be killed or injured in traffic accidents than occupants of passenger cars, light trucks and heavy trucks. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2011, motorcyclists were more than 30 times more likely to be killed in traffic accidents than passenger car occupants. Motorcycles are smaller and lighter than other vehicles and offer substantially less protection in the event of a collision, even when a rider is wearing a helmet and other protective gear.
As Whittier motorcycle accident attorneys, we have worked with motorcyclists who have sustained catastrophic injuries in traffic collisions. We realize just how devastating these accidents can be and strive to seek justice and fair compensation on behalf of our clients. Protecting those who have already been injured is not enough. We believe in helping to prevent motorcycle accidents from continuing to occur, and motorcyclists can take a few key steps to protect themselves while on the road.
From 2002 to 2011, motorcyclist fatalities increased by 41%. Motorcyclist fatalities in the age group of 40 and older increased by 78% over the past 10 years. Though an increase in fatalities could be attributed to more motorcycles being purchased and registered in the U.S. and more riders taking to the roads, the increase in fatalities has outpaced the increase in motorcycle registration. We all need to do our part to prevent motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Though there is no way to guarantee that you will never be involved in an accident, taking the following safety measures may decrease the likelihood of an accident and the severity of your injuries:
Take a motorcycle safety course many
states require that you take a motorcycle safety course before you can get your license, but whether or not this is a requirement, take the time to enroll in a class. Even if you are a fairly experienced rider, you may benefit from brushing up on your safety knowledge and may even learn something new.
Always check your bike and gear before you take to the road
Check your lights, tires, oil and fuel levels, mirrors, helmet and other gear to make sure they are in working order.
Invest in a good helmet and protective gear
Find a high-quality helmet that fits you properly and consider investing in a leather jacket, pants, gloves and boots that will offer maximum protection.
Ride as though other motorists cannot see you
One key factor that contributes to motorcycle accidents is visibility. Motorcycles and riders are smaller than other vehicles on the road and may be more difficult to see, with only one headlight and taillight. Keep this in mind when you are on the road, and never assume that another driver can see you.
Obey traffic laws
Stick to the speed limit and slow down if road, weather or traffic conditions warrant it. Do not drink and ride, avoid following too closely behind other vehicles and use your signals. Following traffic laws can help you avoid a collision.
Avoid riding in blind spots
Because you have a smaller vehicle, avoid riding in other driver’s blind spots. Avoid weaving in and out of traffic for the same reason.
Ride with your headlight on
Using your headlight, even during the day, can increase your visibility and make it easier for other drivers to see you.
One of the most dangerous things any motorist can do is take his or her attention from driving. As a motorcyclist, you need to be particularly vigilant on the road.
Monitor the weather
Before you go on a ride, check the weather. Riding during heavy rain, wind and other harsh weather conditions is far more difficult as a motorcyclist, and you will be even less visible to other motorists in these situations.
For more help and information, contact a Whittier motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm.