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Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents

As you probably know, an accident involving a motorcycle is particularly dangerous because motorcyclists don’t have the protection motor vehicles allow passengers. There are no airbags, seatbelts, or metal walls surrounding a motorcyclist. An accident involving a motorcyclist is comparable to one involving a pedestrian. They often have tragic results, and even minor crashes involving motorcyclists often involve serious injury. Following the laws of the road doesn’t always guarantee your safety. Be sure to keep the following in mind as well when on the road:

  • Just like a bicyclist, motorcyclists should always attempt to make themselves as visible as possible. Regularly check to be sure that your lights are functioning properly. No matter how much cooler you’re sure it is, don’t opt for black protective gear. Instead keep in mind that the brighter the color the easier it is to spot. Especially at night, be sure to wear reflective gear so that you’re easily spotted. Consider leaving your headlights on even during daytime hours, just to make yourself that much more visible.

  • Consider taking a motorcycle safety course. The more you know about motorcycle safety the better! Some classes even personalize the curriculum to the city they’re located in. Meaning they can offer advice that is most pertinent to your city’s layout and road conditions. Take it upon yourself to learn about the risks of riding a motorcycle that are unique to your community. For instance talk to your local police station about the number of motorcycle accidents that occur in your city yearly. Then ask if there’s a place or a certain road where more have happened. Accident avoidance is a skill, and it can (to some extent) be taught. While you can’t control all of the conditions or things that happen on the road, you can control what you do and know!

  • Following the safety laws should always be your first step in preventing accidents. Don’t drive recklessly. Don’t swerve in and between cars. Always wear your safety gear, and never agree to an illegal passenger.

  • If taking the proper precautions just for safety reasons isn’t enough motivation for you, consider the legal consequences. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident and do not have the correct licensing, not only might you be ill-equipped to operate a motorcycle, you will also be in trouble with the law! The same goes for speeding. No one wants to be involved in an accident but if you are you want the court proceedings to be carried out as smoothly as possible. If you are responsible for the crash, you will be held responsible!

Remember that all drivers are encouraged to ride confidently and assertively, but never aggressively or timidly. Strap your helmet on, but be sure that you’re in complete understanding of what is required of you as a motorcycle operator before taking to the road. If the worst happens and you are involved in a motorcycle accident be sure to contact Colley & Colley L.L.P. and get the sort of representation you deserve.