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Spring is officially here! The days get longer, the sun shines brighter, and the sound of rumbling engines fills the air – motorcycles are back! While these two-wheeled machines offer a thrilling way to enjoy the open road, they also have a heightened risk of crashes.

As a personal injury attorney, I’ve seen the unfortunate consequences of motorcycle crashes. The reality is motorcyclists are far more vulnerable than drivers in a crash. Here’s why sharing the road safely is crucial for both motorists and motorcyclists this season:

Motorcyclists: Gearing Up for Safety

  • Protective Gear is Paramount: A DOT-approved helmet is essential, but don’t stop there. Invest in protective clothing like a leather jacket, chaps, and motorcycle boots.
  • See and Be Seen: Bright clothing with reflective elements increases your visibility during the day and night.
  • Ride Defensively: Assume you’re invisible and anticipate car actions. Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, especially at intersections.
  • Stay Alert: Avoid distractions like phones or music. Focus on the road and potential hazards.
  • Ride Within Your Limits: Don’t overestimate your skill or motorcycle’s capabilities. Adjust your speed for weather conditions and road surfaces.
  • Beware of Road Hazards: Potholes, gravel, and uneven surfaces can pose a greater risk to motorcycles.

Motorists: Sharing the Road with Care

  • Motorcycles can be difficult to see: Check twice before pulling out in traffic and changing lanes. Many motorcycle crashes occur because a driver does not see a motorcycle. Also, check your mirrors and blind spots diligently before changing lanes or turning.
  • Motorcycles Are Vehicles, too: Give them the same respect and space you would give a car.
  • Increase Following Distance: Don’t tailgate! Maintain a safe distance to allow for sudden stops or maneuvers by the motorcyclist.
  • Be Aware of Turning Signals: Not all motorcycles have self-canceling signals, so watch for extended turn signals.

Remember:

  • Motorcyclists are vulnerable: A seemingly minor crash can have devastating consequences.
  • Sharing the Road is a Two-Way Street: Both parties must be responsible and attentive.
  • Accidents are Preventable: We can create a safer riding environment for all by following these safety tips.

If You’re Involved in a Motorcycle Crash:

  • Seek medical attention immediately if injured.
  • Document what occurred: If possible, take photos, record names and addresses of any witnesses and the other driver, secure insurance information, and video and photograph the crash site.
  • If you are injured, contact a personal injury attorney experienced in motorcycle accident cases. They can help you understand your rights and navigate the legal process towards fair compensation.

Let’s all embrace the beauty of spring and the joy of riding. By prioritizing safety and practicing caution, both motorists and motorcyclists can share the road worry-free.

Ride Safe This Season!


by Patrick J. Higgins
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Posted in: Motorcycle Safety