According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are thirty times more likely to die in a crash than people in a car or truck. The most important thing is to know how to properly operate the motorcycle that you plan on driving. When you’re out on the roadways, you want to be confident in the motor vehicle you’re operating. It’s also important to wear the proper safety gear, such as a helmet, boots, and thick clothing even in the summertime. Wearing brightly colored clothing is a good idea as well.
It’s important to remember to keep an eye out for cars suddenly changing lanes, or pulling out from side streets. Also, be sure to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. This is critical to ensure that you have enough stopping distance, and so that you have time to react to obstacles in the road. Drivers are distracted by many different things, so it’s important to be overly cautious of your surroundings, and how vehicles are moving around you.
Sometimes accidents are unavoidable, but taking the time to check on road conditions and road construction, as well as bad weather, could potentially be lifesaving. Before you decide to operate a motorcycle, check your local weather forecast. It’s even more difficult to see motorcyclists when the weather conditions are bad. And of course, always practice safe driving habits. Avoid going over the speed limit, look twice before entering an intersection, and always keep a cautious eye out for other drivers around you.
In the unfortunate event that you or someone you know is involved in an accident while driving a motorcycle, seek medical attention immediately. After being checked out by a doctor, you should contact an attorney to see what you are entitled to for your injuries. At Greene & Phillips we have dealt with many motorcycle accident cases, and it’s important to find an attorney that can answer questions based off of experience they’ve had with cases similar to yours. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (251) 300-2000, go to GreenePhillips.com, or stop by our office at 51 N. Florida Street to meet personally with an injury attorney. You never need an appointment, and you owe us nothing unless we get you money.