Motorcycle Accident Risks
Motorcycle accidents result in some of the deadliest personal injuries an individual can face. From permanent spinal injuries to traumatic brain damage and death, a motorcycle accident can cost you and your family tons of financial, emotional, and physical pain. Traveling at any speed limit, mostly exposed to the elements surrounding you, means it’s essential to be extra cautious when navigating the open road. At Genthe Law Firm, we hate to cover wrongful death incidents or life-changing personal injuries resulting from accidents. We love to provide preventative help when possible. Here are 5 ways to reduce the risk of a motorcycle accident the next time your two wheels hit the pavement.
Stay Up-to-Date With Vehicle Maintenance
When practicing safer motorcycle driving, vehicle maintenance may not be the first thing you consider. However, failing to keep up with essentials like oil changes, fluid replacements and timely inspections could lead to malfunctioning equipment that seizes up your motorcycle and causes a dangerous wreck in the process.
Avoid Speeding Through Traffic
It’s tempting to take advantage of a motorcycle’s quick acceleration and slender build and weave in and out of traffic to get ahead of slower drivers. However, performing such risky maneuvers means that you aren’t giving other drivers enough time to anticipate your movement and react appropriately. This opens you up to drivers either unexpectedly cutting you off or literally moving into you as you weave in and out of lanes. Our recommendation; stay in one lane, maintain the speed limit, and change lanes safely. While this won’t completely eliminate the danger of other drivers not paying attention to their surroundings, you are taking yourself out of the equation as an at-fault party in the case of an accident.
Install a Light Modulator
Motorcycle lights are smaller targets for other drivers to notice on the road. Even if your brake lights are in working order, another driver could only see them at the final moment before they rear-end you with their vehicle. Light modulators on your taillight make it blink multiple times as you hit the brakes on the road. It will also leave your light at a higher illumination intensity and ensure other drivers can see your bike from a distance.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Riding your motorcycle on the road is a fast, fun thrill but requires you to always pay attention to your surroundings. Keeping your attention span a few seconds ahead can help you avoid dangerous accidents as a result of the following:
- Pedestrian interference
- Sharp turns in the road
- Hazards on the road
- Other vehicles weaving through traffic
Avoid Driving in Inclement Weather
Sometimes driving in the rain is unavoidable, but as personal injury lawyers, we’ve seen plenty of motorcycle accidents resulting from riding in unfavorable weather conditions. Cold temperatures and wet weather conditions make motorcycles more susceptible to accidents. After all, quick maneuvering on two wheels is much riskier than a car or truck’s four-wheel advantage on the road.
Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Genthe Law Firm Can Help!
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, you are eligible to receive compensation from insurance companies and offending third-parties. At Genthe Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers
are prepared to fight tooth and nail to ensure you and your family aren’t swimming in hospital bills and related debt that resulted from your accident. We believe in helping you without adding to your initial debt. Our Genthe Guarantee means we won’t charge a cent for our services until we recover. With Genthe Law Firm, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Schedule your free consultation today.