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Motorcycle Safety

Posted on November 16, 2015

If you’re new to motorcycles, or are an experienced rider, they can be a fun fuel efficient way to travel. They are also a much more dangerous form of travel than cars or trucks. A motorcyclist is 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people in a car, and nearly half of all motorcycle deaths are the result of single-vehicle crashes. These facts are not meant to deter you from enjoying a ride on your motorcycle. Many enthusiasts enjoy a lifetime of riding with no injuries. Those that are careful are prepared for anything that can happen on the road and do their part in avoiding risks.

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe on a motorcycle:

  1. Wear protective gear – Jeans, a t-shirt, and sandals are a recipe for disaster on a bike. Whenever you ride a motorcycle you’ll want to wear gear that will protect you from wind chill, flying bugs and debris, and road rash if you were to slide out. For maximum protection, go for leather or other reinforced jacket, gloves, full pants, and over-the-ankle footwear, even in summer.
  2. Be defensive – A recent study by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research found that in collisions involving a motorcycle and a car, car drivers were at fault 60 percent of the time. As a motorcyclist you need to be extra alert. Keep an eye out for cars suddenly changing lanes or pulling out from side streets. And don’t tailgate; keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
  3. Avoid bad weather – Slippery conditions reduce your margin for error. Rain not only cuts your visibility but reduces your tires’ grip on the road, which can make cornering tricky. If you need to ride in the rain, remember that the most dangerous time is right after precipitation begins, as water can cause oil residue to rise to the top.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, have any questions, or are in need of legal advice or representation please contact Charles Bryan Alred, P.C.