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Motorcycle accidents have a very high risk of resulting in serious injury or death. As the number of drivers on the road has increased over recent years, so has the number of motorcycle accidents. Both motorcyclists and drivers can take preventative measures to decrease the rate of motorcycle accidents. Following the four safety protocols detailed below will help create safer roads for everyone.
1. Wear Safety Gear
Motorcycles do not give their drivers any extra protection, which means motorcycle accidents often lead to serious injury and even death. It is highly recommended that motorcyclists and their passengers wear safety gear for added protection in case of an accident. Safety gear includes thick clothing, such as jeans, jackets, and gloves. These help increase the bulkiness of your body, making you more visible on the road. Additionally, if you were to fall off your bike, your skin would not make direct contact with the ground.
It is also extremely important to wear bright colors or reflective clothing, especially at night. This will help increase your visibility to other drivers, decreasing the risk of an accident because they simply didn’t see you.
As a final safety precaution, it is extremely important to wear a helmet. Your brain is one of the most important organs you have. Protecting it with an extra shield like a helmet can help increase the chances that you survive an accident.
2. Ride at an Appropriate Speed
Deadlines, anxiousness to get to a destination, or just a lead foot can lead you to speed on the road. Speeding, however, decreases how much time you have to react to an unexpected circumstance, such as someone cutting you off, the person in front of you slamming on brakes, or an accident.
For vehicles and motorcycles alike, it is important to travel at the appropriate speed as designated by highway officials and the law. This decreases the likelihood of an accident, and if an emergency does arise, you have more time to react appropriately. Additionally, ensure that you always pay attention to the road conditions. Snow, ice, rain, and even heavier traffic make speeding even more dangerous.
3. Keep Your Wits About You
It is easy for your mind to wander as you drive, but it is important to keep your attention focused on the road at all times as road conditions can change quickly. If you’re a motorcyclist, always assume that a motorized vehicle cannot see you and act accordingly. This ensures that both parties have plenty of time when passing and that you remain visible as you pass them. One of the biggest causes of accidents is a driver of a vehicle not seeing the motorcyclist next to them.
Drivers and motorcyclists should both use extra precautions at intersections and stop signs, including the simple but effective habit of looking both ways before moving forward. This will ensure that you see danger before it strikes.
4. Maintain Your Vehicle/ Motorcycle
Routine checkups of your vehicle or motorcycle can help reduce the risk of a mechanical error that may cause an accident. Here are some of the parts that you should regularly be checking:
- Exhaust system
- Steering wheel/steering wheel fluid
Drive Safe, Drive Responsibly, Share the Roads
Accidents can be prevented by exercising extra caution on the road. When we work together, we can make the world a safer place for all. If you are in an accident, however, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for damages. Hernandez Law Group, P.C. is dedicated to helping you claim the compensation you deserve. Juan Hernandez is one of the 2% of attorneys that are certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board. If you want an experienced team to have your back on your road to recovery, contact the Hernandez Law Group, P.C. today!