Recently, a local police officer was involved in a crash on his motorcycle. Although the crash did not result in any injuries, it is a reminder to us all of the importance of proper safety while riding a motorcycle. If you are a motorcyclist, here are some things you can do to keep yourself as well as others safer on the roadways:
- Watch for larger vehicles. While some drivers watch for motorcycles and smaller vehicles, other drivers are not as observant. Be especially careful about trying to say out of any driver’s blind spot, particularly semis or other large vehicles. If you notice a driver who looks or acts distracted, slow down or speed up to get out of that driver’s way.
- Take care on curves. Make sure to slow down appropriately and to position your motorcycle in the correct part of the lane to better ensure you can take the curve safely, especially if it is a sharp curve. On two wheels, you have less control over your motorcycle than someone driving a car or other four-wheeled vehicle.
- Be smart about your riding. While maintaining a safe speed is an important part of being a motorcyclist, other issues also come into play. While it might be tempting to try to weave between vehicles to get to your destination faster, especially if traffic is moving slowly, obey traffic laws and think smart. Do not be that motorcyclist whom other drivers hate.
- Ride with caution on wet or icy roads. You do not want to spinout, especially into oncoming traffic.
- Always wear the proper protective gear. This should items such as a helmet, gloves, boots, and a sturdy jacket. While these items will not prevent a crash, they will better protect you if you are involved in one.
Unfortunately, other drivers are often the cause of accidents involving injuries to motorcyclists. If, as a motorcyclist, you were injured in a vehicle accident caused by someone else, a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you. Contact us to learn what we can do for you.