24 Tips to Help You Avoid a Motorcycle Accident
Millions of people are attracted to motorcycles for all sorts of reasons; the sense of adventure that comes with riding on two wheels, the feeling of liberation and independence, and the exhilaration of riding into the wind at highway speeds are all very appealing to so many. But while riding a motorcycle gives you freedom, that freedom can come at a steep price if you’re unskilled on a two-wheeled vehicle, or do not pay close attention to your surroundings and other vehicles on the road. A motorcycle accident can be just a millisecond away unless you’re always vigilant.
Compared to automobile drivers, motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to become involved in a deadly accident. To help you avoid becoming one of those statistics, we’ve assembled a list of things that you can do to stay safe while enjoying the freedom of your motorcycle.
Follow These Safety Tips to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident
- Always be on the lookout for other motorcycles.
- Never try to use a cell phone while riding.
- If you receive a call while riding, pull over or let it go unanswered.
- Never ride while taking medication that could induce drowsiness or slow your reaction time.
- If you’re not feeling well don’t ride; your reaction time could be diminished.
- Practice quick stopping in case of an emergency.
- If you are carrying a passenger, make sure that you and your bike are equipped to do so.
- Try not to anger automobile drivers. You cannot win that confrontation.
- Use your horn appropriately, but not excessively.
- Never try to “beat” a traffic light, a train signal, or another driver.
- Pay special attention to intersections. This is where most motorcycle accidents occur.
- Use a car’s mirrors; if you can’t see the driver, they probably can’t see you, either.
- Maintain the proper distance between you and automobiles: increase the distance for heavy trucks.
- Check your bike out thoroughly before you ride, especially tires, lights, brakes and turn signals.
- Make sure that you always have the highest visibility through your helmet.
- Never ride a motorcycle on the road if you’re not completely familiar with how it operates.
- Be diligent about obeying motorcycle traffic rules.
- Refrain from riding in inclement weather if at all possible. Try to wait for clearing.
- Anticipate danger anytime you are around an automobile.
- Always assume that no one else can see you. Most of the time, they probably don’t.
- Yield to automobiles. In a collision, the motorcycle always loses.
- Constantly monitor your mirrors for other traffic.
- ALWAYS wear a helmet.
- NEVER drink and drive.
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
If you find yourself involved in an accident with a motorcycle, whether you are the driver of the car or the bike, you need to make sure that you are sufficiently protected. Notify your insurance carrier, and talk to an attorney experienced with motorcycle accidents to be sure that you fully understand your rights and responsibilities.
For Additional Information
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
- California Motorcyclist Safety Program
- Motorcycle Safety Foundation
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