Motorcyclists know that it’s more dangerous to ride a motorcycle than it is to drive a car. In 2015 alone, there were 88,000 instances of nonfatal motorcycle injuries and 4,976 motorcycle riders and passenger deaths, according to the 2017 Injury Facts by the National Safety Council. To keep you safe while riding, below are some guidelines to follow:
Always Wear Your Helmet
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) noted that for each 100 motorcycle riders killed in collisions, about 37 would’ve lived if they wore helmets. Take note that a majority of states prohibit riding a motorcycle without a helmet, but not all follow this regulation. Likewise, make sure that your helmet is in compliance with the standards of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and that you have a spare for your passenger.
Always Wear Protective Gear and Clothing
These include sunglasses or goggles, gloves, a jacket, sturdy boots, and long pants. Your clothing should ideally be made with an abrasion-resistant material — like leather or something similar in bright colors — and that they’re fitted yet comfortable.
Avoid Sharing Lanes with Automobiles
Automobile drivers are used to looking at their surroundings (to avoid other automobiles), but they sometimes won’t readily notice motorcyclists on their lane. The Law Offices of John D. Halepaska and other personal injury attorneys added that it’s easy for drivers to drift to the side or change lanes, so better stay away.
Attend Professional Motorcycle Riding Training and Get a License
Many states require motorcyclists to attend professional training and obtain a license to ride their bikes. Some states have additional requirements, making motorcyclists undergo and pass a motorcycle safety course.
Never Drink While Under the Influence
About half of the accidents that involve a motorcyclist are due to speeding and riding while under the influence. Aside from being extremely dangerous, this is also illegal.
Many motorcycle accidents could be avoided by educating yourself and practicing vigilance while riding. No matter how careful you are, however, you have no control over how other road users perform on the road. If ever you get into an accident through no fault of your own, seek help from an experienced personal injury attorney for legal advice.