The most recent research shows motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than when riding in a car. Thankfully, there are many preventative steps riders can take to reduce the odds of being in an accident.
Wear all protective gear
This should be a given. Do some research on the safest helmets, and make sure it is a full-faced helmet with light colors. You should also replace your helmet roughly every five years. Many riders also wear ear plugs to protect their hearing.
Your clothing is important too. Wearing thick pants protects you from abrasions in a collision. You should wear a coat made of leather or other sturdy materials.
You can protect your ankles and calves by wearing boots. Flip flops, t-shirts, and shorts will not protect you in the unfortunate event of a collision.
Do not try to bypass congestion
When traffic is backed up due to an accident or congestion, it is tempting to weave through the stopped cars to get around the traffic. Do not do this. Also, do not drive on the shoulder on major highways. It is illegal to do this, and the other vehicles will not be expecting you to be there. Stay in your lane, and you will be safe.
Never drink and ride
If you have been drinking alcohol, don’t get on the motorcycle. Drinking slows your reaction time, and your judgment is clouded. Get a designated driver to take you home from the party. It is simply not worth the risk.
Take a rider course
All new riders should take a motorcycle safety course. You should also take a refresher course if you have not taken one in many years. You might get a discount on your vehicle insurance for taking the course too.
Use hand signals
If you are riding in a group with other motorcyclists, hand signals are important. Make sure you communicate with the other riders and ensure they are using hand signals too so you are all on the same page.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, give Epperly & Follis P.C. a call to schedule your consultation at 1-888-703-0109.