There are numerous reasons why riding a motorcycle puts you at high risk for being involved in a crash that can result in severe injuries or death.
One reason why is that even the smallest obstacles, like leaves, wet pavement or cracks in the road, can cause accidents. Another reason is that motorcycles are more difficult to see than cars and drivers often do not look for them, increasing the risk of cars hitting motorcycles.
When a motorcycle accident occurs, there is a high likelihood of severe injuries because motorcycles lack seat belts, airbags or other safety features present in cars.
Fortunately, using the following eight tips can help reduce the risk of a crash. However, if an accident occurs, contact our Cincinnati motorcycle accident attorneys for a free legal consultation to see if you can pursue compensation for damages.
1. Slow Down
The faster you go, the less time you have to see and react to debris, other cars or other potential hazards.
For instance, speeding could make it difficult to see an upcoming turn, resulting in you entering the corner going too fast. If you panic and hit the brakes too hard, you could go flying off the bike. If you try to ride through the corner, you may turn too hard and cause the bike to slide out from under you.
That is why you should never go above a speed that allows you to use fixed objects like telephone poles to judge a road’s direction.
You also want to avoid traveling at a speed that gives you little time to react to road hazards. An extra second could be all the time you need to maneuver around a gap in the pavement or a slippery spot in the road.
If it is raining or there is other inclement weather, you should slow down even more, as you are at greater risk of a crash.
2. Look Behind You When You Stop At Intersections
Motorcycles are often rear-ended by cars at intersections, particularly when motorcyclists stop at crosswalks or to allow animals to pass in front of them.
If you are about to come to a stop in this situation, pull over to the side of the lane and flash your brake light several times. When you stop, watch behind you to see if a car is coming. Keep your bike in gear so you can pull away if a car approaches and it looks like it will hit you.
3. Never Ride Between Active Traffic And Parked Cars
This is dangerous for a few reasons:
- A driver could open his or her car door and you could plow right into it
- A car could pull out in front of you and you could crash into it
- A pedestrian could step out and you may not have enough time to slow down to avoid a collision
4. Never Drink And Drive
Alcohol slows your reaction time and impairs judgment, which is why it is one of the leading causes of motorcycle crashes.
Drinking and riding a motorcycle is even more dangerous than drinking and driving a regular car because simply keeping the bike upright requires balance and coordination.
5. Perform Regular Maintenance
Ensuring your motorcycle is in excellent running condition can help reduce the risk of a crash. You can do this by performing regular maintenance on the following components:
- Turn signals
6. Learn How To Deal With Common Road Hazards
You will encounter road hazards at some point, whether it is train tracks, wet pavement, potholes, leaves or rubber from blown-out tires.
You need to know what to do to maneuver around or through these hazards without being involved in a serious accident. There are strategies for braking and maneuvering that you need to be able to use when the moment arrives.
Taking a motorcycle riding course will provide you with strategies for dealing with some of the common hazards you will encounter.
7. Never Share A Lane With Another Car
This is a totally unnecessary risk to take when riding your motorcycle. Drivers do not expect to be sharing lanes with motorcycles so they may not look for you or see you when they change lanes, resulting in a preventable accident.
8. Always Watch For Potential Hazards
Your attention should always be on the road and what is around you, whether that is other cars, a turn, road hazards, pedestrians or anything else.
Paying close attention to your surroundings will allow you see obstacles right away, providing you the time you need to avoid them.
Consult Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Now
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident?
You may be entitled to compensation for the effects of the accident, including physical, financial and emotional damages.
Contact the Cincinnati motorcycle crash lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy to discover if you have legal recourse at this difficult time.
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no charge for our services unless we recover the compensation you deserve.