Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
and get the help you need if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident
We all know warmer weather increases the number of motorcyclists on roads and highways of the upstate. Unfortunately, that also means more motorcycle accidents. Authorities are urging caution by riders and by motorists, who may have trouble seeing bikes, to help avoid motorcycle accidents this season.
Oncoming motorcycles sometimes go unnoticed when drivers make a left-turn or pull out of a driveway or street. According to safety officials, “That’s why it’s so important to not be texting, not be having your coffee, not be eating your breakfast, not be doing your hair while behind the wheel of a car, truck, or van.” The best way to avoid becoming the next motorcycle accident statistic is to pay serious attention to safety. Many motorcycle accidents can be avoided by constant vigilance and education about the safest way to ride. Here are some of the most important safety tips to keep you riding on the road for many years to come.
Wear a helmet. Evidence overwhelmingly suggests that wearing a motorcycle helmet significantly reduces the incidence of head injuries in motorcycle accidents. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 100 motorcyclists killed in a crash while not wearing a helmet, 37 would have survived if they had been wearing a helmet. And that doesn’t even count the enormous reduction in non-fatal injuries achieved by helmets. Make sure your helmet meets Department of Transportation standards and have one available for passengers. And keep in mind that in many states its illegal to ride without a helmet.
Get a motorcycle license. Most states require that bikers get a special motorcycle license in order to ride on the roads. Usually, riders must pass a knowledge test and a skills test. Some states require bikers to also take a motorcycle safety course. Going through these hoops pays off when it comes to safety. In 2001, more than one quarter of all motorcyclists killed in crashes did not have a proper motorcycle license.
Get professional training. Motorcycle riders who are self-taught or taught by friends account for more than 90 percent of bikers involved in motorcycle accidents. Getting professional training in motorcycle riding could save your life.
Don’t drink and ride. About half of the accidents involving a single motorcycle are caused by speeding or alcohol use –usually these go hand in hand. Not only is it against the law to drink and ride a motorcycle, it’s extremely dangerous.
Wear protective clothing. Protect yourself by wearing goggles or sunglasses, a jacket, full- fingered gloves, long pants, and boots. Your clothing should be made of abrasion-resistant material, such as leather, and fit close to the body. Loose clothing can impair your vision. Choose bright colors so that other motorists can see you.
Maintain your bike. Making sure your motorcycle is in excellent running condition is of the utmost importance to safety. And don’t confine your maintenance to the engine and brakes. Frequently check your tires, headlamps, turn signals and other gear.
Know your skill level. Know your skills, and ride accordingly. Riding on the road is not the time to test your expertise or to overestimate your ability.
Learn about the common causes of motorcycle accidents. Knowledge is your friend. Learn about the most common situations that lead to motorcycle accidents. Think of ways you could avoid those accidents, take note when those situations might occur, and when you are in those situations, take extra care.
Avoid road hazards. Road hazards, including debris in the road or slick conditions, are more dangerous for motorcycles than for cars and can lead to motorcycle accidents and severe injuries. Some conditions that are dangerous to bikers are not readily known. Take the time to learn about the many road dangers and learn how to handle your bike safely when presented with those hazards.
If you are in a motorcycle accident and wish to recover for your injuries or other losses, consider consulting with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney for representation.
Whether you were caught in the blind spot of a driver changing lanes, or on a scooter in a parking lot, we go to work immediately. We speak to experts in accident investigation to determine the causes and who is liable for your injuries. Our skilled lawyers negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to see that you receive the full compensation you’re entitled for the negligent actions of their clients. We work with specialists in head injury, spinal cord trauma and other injuries to define the extent of injury and treatment and recovery issues. We also consult with financial and life planners to establish any life-long expenses and reduced quality of life such devastating injuries can produce.
Regardless of which Upstate road or highway a motorcycle accident happens on, The Clardy Law Firm is here for you. When you are injured in a motorcycle crash, put our experience and skills to work on your case to get the compensation due to you. Call us at (864) 233-8888. Personal injury cases are on a “contingent fee” basis, so you pay no fees until we recover the compensation you need and deserve.