Motorcycles lack the outer protection other vehicles have, which can make
them far deadlier in a crash. In fact, roughly 80% of all motorcycle accidents
cause either death or an injury, whereas only 20% of car crashes cause
such harm. In order to avoid such dangerous accidents, make sure you are
doing what you can as a motorcyclist to avoid hazardous situations on the road.
1. Know the Ropes
If you are new to motorcycles, it is important to take the appropriate
classes and learning courses to ensure you have all the knowledge you
need to ride safely. Even if you are a practiced motorcyclist, a few advanced
classes here and there, especially if you are on a new bike, can always
2. Wear Protective Gear
Always wear a helmet when riding your motorcycle. Even on short rides,
or in familiar neighborhoods, wearing a helmet is crucial when it comes
to preserving your safety. Also, make sure you wear appropriate footwear,
as well as a protective jacket and sturdy pants to protect your body from
road rash if you should crash.
3. Be Visible
One of the biggest reasons other vehicles crash into motorcyclists is because
they are unable to see them. While this is not necessarily the motorcyclist’s
fault, it is always in your best interest to do what you can to ensure
other drivers see you on your bike. You can do this by wearing bright
colors or reflective gear, making sure your lights are on when riding
at night, and avoiding vehicles’ blind spots.
4. Maintain Your Motorcycle
Never neglect your bike. Take time before each ride to ensure your motorcycle
is in tip-top shape by checking on the brake pads, fluid levels, tires,
and lights. Also, remember to take extra care and do a thorough service
if your bike has been in storage for a significant amount of time.
5. Know the Road
When the road contains debris, ice, or other hazards, it can easily cause
motorcyclists to crash. Make sure you check the weather before a ride
and never take a motorcycle out on icy roads. If you spot pebbles, dirt,
or debris on the road ahead of you, remain calm and do what you can to
safely avoid the hazard. On wet roads, avoid driving too fast, especially
on turns. Motorcycles are especially susceptible to hydroplaning, where
the loose traction when spinning on a wet surface, sometimes causing the
bike to slide out from under the rider. To avoid this, avoid riding on
wet roads or do so with extreme caution.
6. Ride Defensively
As a rule, motorcyclists should never assume that other drivers see them
or have their best interest in mind. Because motorcyclists are more susceptible
to injuries in a crash than those in passenger vehicles, it’s important
to ride your bike defensively. Be vigilant about your safety and always
be aware of the vehicles, traffic signals, and obstacles around you. Keep
a safe distance between yourself and the vehicles around you, and exercise
caution when changing lanes, especially in traffic.
While all of these safety tips can certainly help avoid a crash, sometimes
accidents do happen. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle
crash, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages.
Contact Goodman Acker P.C.
today to get started on your Detroit personal injury case.