According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, “[t]he typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.” Those are scary statistics for motorcyclists. There are a few precautions you can take to try to reduce the risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident in Rogers, while enjoying your favorite mode of transportation.
Keep up the maintenance on your motorcycle
This may go without saying, but the safer your machinery is, the less likely your motorcycle will be the cause of your injuries. Maintain your motorcycle properly. Most important is to ensure that your tires are properly inflated and your brakes and engine are well-maintained. As with a car, if the safety mechanisms are not maintained, the risks of malfunction and injury are definitely higher.
Wear protective clothing and equipment
There are many types of protective clothing available today that can protect your body from serious injury should you be involved in a collision. You already know the risk of riding a motorcycle, which has not outer protection for you. Goggles, boots, gloves and leather pants and jacket, for example, go a long way toward protecting your bare skin from the pavement, if you are involved in a crash. Obviously, a helmet is a must.
Ride with confidence, but not aggression
One of the most common problems for any motorcyclist, is the fact that many car drivers simply do not see them. At a glance, the lane a car driver is attempting to merge into may seem empty because they just don’t see a motorcycle. A smart, assertive rider will use their lane choices to increase their visibility in traffic, depending entirely on the situations they are faced with.
Also, be seen and be heard. It is a good idea to use your lights, even in the daytime, to make yourself more visible. Also, using your horn at any sign of danger, is important to help others realize you are there. Bright, flashy colors or lots of chrome on a motorcycle are helpful for getting noticed. So are loud bikes with roaring engines that catch other drivers’ attention.
Watch those turns and curves
According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, rider error is a huge factor in causing accidents. The NTSA reports as follows:
In the single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slide-out and fall due to over-braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.
Avoid heavy traffic and stay in the safest lane
Whenever possible, maneuver to large open spots on the roadway with the fewest vehicles, or brake to let traffic pass. Also, when riding on multi-lane divided interstates, the safest lane is the far left lane, when there is a shoulder. That way, you can avoid the constant merging and exiting of cars in the far right lane. Middle lanes carry the risk of twice as many vehicles merging into your lane.
He is licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, eastern Arkansas, western Arkansas, and western Missouri. He was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Crawford County, Kansas from 1987-1989.
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