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6 Tips to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident

With summer temperatures ahead, motorcycle enthusiasts in Detroit and throughout the state are beginning to hit the road. We at Goodman Acker P.C. care deeply about the safety of motorcyclists, so we would like to share these safety tips as we head into the summer months.

Reduce your chances of being in a motorcycle accident by following these tips:

  1. Obey all traffic laws. Most riders do not take unnecessary risks, but it is important to remember not to speed, run red lights or stop signs, or engage in other reckless driving behaviors.
  2. Avoid riding in bad weather. Rainy, snowy, or windy weather can create a dangerous situation for motorcyclists. Not only will the roadways be more slippery, but low visibility for motorcyclists and other drivers seriously increases the chance of an accident occurring.
  3. Ride defensively. Never assume that another vehicle sees you or will give you the right of way. Stay alert at all times and be prepared to take evasive maneuvers if necessary.
  4. Sign up for a motorcycle safety training course. If you haven’t already, a safety training course is a simple way to gain some experience. Drivers under the age of 21 are required to take the course, and it is a good idea for people who have never owned or operated a motorcycle to also take the course regardless of age.
  5. Make yourself more visible. Many drivers who cause motorcycle accidents claim they never even saw the motorcyclist. Wearing bright colors and riding with the headlight on are two ways to increase your visibility.
  6. Avoid lane splitting. Weaving in and out of traffic and cutting in between lanes is among the leading causes of motorcycle accidents and should be avoided.

Many motorcycle accidents occur when other drivers fail to watch out for motorcyclists, which is why it is extremely important to always be aware of your surroundings and ride defensively. Even if you have the right of way, make sure to be extra careful when making turns around other vehicles or when approaching driveways. It could save a life!

Need a Detroit motorcycle accident attorney? Request a free personal injury consultation when you call our office at (248) 793-2010.