Riding is risky, but it doesn’t have to be. When you are well educated on motorcycle safety and drive with a few basic principles in mind, you can avoid accidents and injury.
As accident attorneys, we help motorcyclists recover after motorcycle accidents, and get them the help they need. Here are five tips to help you avoid getting into a motorcycle accident, no matter what the conditions.
Five ways to avoid a motorcycle accident
- Watch the tires. The most common motorcycle accident occurs when a car turns left in front of a motorcycle. This happens when car drivers are looking for other cars, not motorcycles. If you can watch the tires of the cars you are approaching, and not the body of the car, you may be able to give yourself an early warning.
- Take a course. Complete a motorcycle safety course from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. You’ll learn how to ride within your limits, standards for safety gear, and other safety information. You can take a course online, in person, or on the track.
- Wear the right gear. Your gear is so important that some studies suggest it is the gear, not the motorcycle which provides the most safety for the rider. What is the right gear for your bike? Find out and use it.
- Slow in, fast out. Avoid washing out in a gravel patch, snow, or rain, or hitting obstacles on blind corners with this simple rule. Enter corners wide at an easy pace so you can take in the hazards. Only ride as fast as you can see.
- Bad company. Ride in staggered formation with other motorcyclists, pay attention, and don’t engage in risky behavior while or before riding, either alone or in a group.
The largest study ever conducted on motorcycle accidents, the 1981 Hurt Report, cited alcohol as a factor in 50 percent of bike wrecks. Don’t be a statistic.
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At the Law Offices of John P. Burns, we handle your motorcycle accident claim so you can focus on recovering emotionally and physically without dealing with the details. It’s free to ask questions, so contact us directly at 949-496-7000, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be sure to get back to you within 24 hours.