According to the National Safety Council, 4,976 motorcycle drivers and passengers died in crashes in 2015 alone. Additionally, over 88,000 people suffered nonfatal injuries attributable to motorcycle crashes. Not all motorcycle accidents can be prevented. However, there are steps motorcyclists can take to reduce the possibility of being a statistic. Below find the top five tips that can reduce your chances of being in a motorcycle accident.
Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents: Make Sure You are Seen
Sadly, many car drivers don’t see motorcyclists. To reduce your chances of an accident, make sure you are visible in as many ways as possible. If you are not certain another driver sees you, honk to get their attention. Wear bright colors. Obtain reflective tape to add to your clothing and your bike. Use your headlight, even if you don’t think you need it.
Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents: Be Alert
The two most common sources of motorcycle accidents are other drivers and driving conditions. Expect other drivers to engage in unpredictable behavior, such as swerving or unexpectedly changing lanes. Texting is all too common – and dangerous! Be alert for driving conditions than can result in accidents, including:
- Oil slicks
- Railroad tracks
- Uneven roadways
- Speed bumps
- Other road hazards
Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents: Be Mindful of Intersections
Did you know that half of all motorcycle crashes occur at intersections? Protect yourself by approaching intersections with caution. While the most common motorcycle crash at intersections involves a driver turning left in front of a motorcyclist, there are any number of ways an intersection crash might occur. Do not underestimate trucks who make wide turns, as well as distracted drivers who may not see you.
Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents: Don’t Speed
Speed is a factor in more than 30 % of all fatal motorcycle crashes. Make sure you know the speed limit. Respect it. The speed limit is established for your safety. Speeding results in fatalities in motorcycle crashes at a higher rate than car crashes. Speed only accounts for 21 % of all car driver fatalities. The added vulnerability of motorcycles increases the potential death rate.
Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents: Don’t Drink and Drive
In more than 40 % of fatal motorcycle deaths involving single vehicle crashes, the driver was alcohol impaired. On weekend nights, the number of fatal motorcycle deaths involving single vehicle crashes increased to 63 percent. Staying sober, or finding an alternate means of transportation when drinking, is essential to your safety.
If You Sustained Injury or Lost a Loved One Due to a Motorcycle Crash
If you have sustained an injury or lost a loved one due to a motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Whether you suffered traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, or injuries to internal organs, our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Rosner Law Offices, P.C., P.A. can assist you in evaluating your case. We have recovered millions of dollars litigating motorcycle accident cases. Let us be your advocate. We will handle the legal challenges, while you focus on healing and returning to normal activities. Give us a call at 856- 692-6500.