Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tips for Riders: Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents

A few months ago we discussed some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in the United States. Although the majority of motorcycle crashes are caused by the actions of passenger vehicle drivers, there are precautions that riders can take to protect themselves.

Take a professional training course. Some studies show that more than 90% of the riders involved in motorcycle accidents are self-taught or taught by friends. Get training from a professional to learn the safest ways to operate your bike and methods to avoid collisions.

Always wear a helmet. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37% of riders killed in motorcycle accidents would have survived if they had simply worn a helmet. In Nevada, all riders and passengers are required to wear helmets that meet the safety standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Wear full protective gear. Motorcycles don’t offer any of the protection provided by passenger vehicles. In the event of a collision, your clothing is the only thing protecting your skin from the ground. Wearing close-fitting and abrasion-resistant materials, such as leather, can help prevent severe road rash and lacerations if you are thrown from your bike. Protect yourself by wearing a jacket, long pants, boots, and gloves.

Maintain your bike. Make sure your bike’s engine, brakes, tires, turn signals, headlamps, and other parts are working properly before you hit the road.

Be defensive. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers’ failure to see riders. Always be aware of what is happening in the lanes around you, make sure that you don’t tailgate, and leave yourself plenty of stopping distance.

Follow traffic laws. Obeying the laws, such as using your signals, not speeding, and not splitting or sharing lanes can reduce your risk of being in an accident.

Avoid road and weather hazards. Be on the lookout for pot holes and debris in the road, and if you cannot avoid them, slow down as much as you can before encountering them. If you must drive in the rain, drive slower, leave plenty of room between your bike and other vehicles, and be gentle when steering and using your brakes or throttle.

If you were hurt in a motorcycle collision in the Las Vegas area, our experienced personal injury lawyers at De Castroverde Law Group can assist you with seeking compensation for your losses. Visit our Motorcycle Accident page for more information.