Motorcycle safety is essential. Victims of motorcycle accidents are among the most injured that our Ohio personal injury attorneys see, so we want to do all that we can to help educate people on ways to prevent such accidents.
Be Visible on the Road
The first thing a motorcyclist must know is that they need to be visible on the roadway. Motorists sometimes find it difficult to see motorcycles, affecting their reaction time in the event that something happens suddenly. A motorcyclist should ensure that their headlights work on a regular basis, for use during both the day and night. The motorcyclist should also have clothing that has reflective strips or decals that allow motorists to easily see them. The easier it is to see a rider, the less likely they are to get in an accident.
Motorcyclists should also routinely use their brake light when slowing down or stopping. Doing so can help to reduce the risk of getting rear-ended by a vehicle. There should also be no hesitation toward using a horn when driving a motorcycle. If a motorist doesn’t see you and your horn has the potential to prevent a serious accident, it is important to be in the habit of using it.
Dress for Safety
Dressing in protective gear can be the difference between life and death if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. It is imperative to wear a high-quality helmet, eye protection, thick clothing (preferably leather), long sleeves and pants, gloves, and boots.
Protection needs to be worn from head to toe. No motorcyclist should drive their bike without first dressing for safety.
Motorcyclists should always be aware of changing road conditions. A good technique is MSF’s SEE strategy, consisting of Search, Evaluation, and Execute.
Motorcyclists should always give themselves time to respond to other’s actions on the road, providing enough space between vehicles, allowing for the appropriate reaction time. Motorcyclists should also ride in the part of the lane that is most visible, always signaling the next move they will make. Weaving between lanes is highly discouraged as it makes it even more difficult for other motorists to be prepared.
A good rule of thumb for motorcyclists is to ride as if they are invisible. Doing so will allow the time and preparation for the mistakes of others on the roadway. It is essential to follow the rules of the roadway just as all motorists do and always drive within the speed limit.
Ohio Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has taken all of the necessary safety measures, but was involved in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another motorist, call our Ohio motorcycle accident lawyers at 800.637.8170. Our legal team has helped countless personal injury victims receive the settlement that is deserved for the pain and suffering that was experienced. Call our office today to speak with a lawyer regarding your case or to order your own copy of The Ohio Motorcycle Accident Book which can help guide you through the claims process.