For a multitude of reasons, many drivers feel that motorcycles are dangerous, especially when compared to cars. Avoid adding to these tragic statistics by considering these safety tips before you ride.
In 2015 alone, nearly 5,000 people died in motorcycle accidents and 88,000 were hurt, which is not surprising considering that motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die in a crash than car drivers are.
Wear a Helmet Every Time
The simplest way to be safer on a motorcycle is to wear a durable helmet every time you ride. Helmets decrease the risk of death by 37 percent, and they decrease the risk of head injuries by 69 percent. The more coverage your helmet offers your head, the better. Make sure you get one that fits correctly.
Wear the Proper Gear
A helmet is important for protecting your head, but the rest of your body needs protection too. Leather is one of the recommended materials to look for when you are picking out pants, gloves and a jacket to wear while on your bike. Covering yourself from head to toe can protect you from debris and cold weather while you ride and road rash if you ever crash.
Stay Visible on the Road
One of the main reasons that motorcyclists are at risk on the road is that drivers of cars just do not see them. You can prevent this issue by choosing a bright color for your bike and motorcycle gear. You should also avoid tailgating cars or pulling out in front of them suddenly. In addition, stay out of their blind spots, and make it obvious ahead of time that you’re about to slow down or change lanes.
Avoid Riding in Bad Weather
If you can help it, do not ride your motorcycle in inclement weather, especially rain. The road becomes slippery when it’s wet, making it harder for bikes and cars to stop. If you cannot avoid riding your motorcycle when it is raining, make sure you keep a good distance between your bike and other vehicles.
Keep Your Motorcycle Well-Maintained
Just like cars, motorcycles need regular maintenance to remain safe to operate. Ensure your tires have sufficient air and tread and that your brakes and lights are working properly, especially before you take any long rides.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you talk to a personal injury lawyer with experience in this area. At Nolan Caddell Reynolds, we have handled numerous cases involving motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Contact our firm today at 1-866-242-0452 to find out how we can help.