Statistics don’t always tell the whole story and we don’t offer them to alarm you; however, they do give us all an idea of how dangerous motorcycles can be. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, 190 people were killed and 4,053 were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2007.
Our Toledo, Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys want to ensure you are informed of the best ways to keep yourself safe.
- Be visible:
- Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time
- Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night
- Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle
- Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have
- Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping
- If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn
- Dress for safety:
- Wear a quality helmet and eye protection
- Wear bright clothing and a light-colored helmet
- Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing
- Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves
**Remember–the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear!
- Apply effective mental strategies:
- Constantly search the road for changing conditions. Use MSF’s Search, Evaluate, Execute strategy (SEE) to increase time and space safety margins
- Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists’ actions
- Give other motorists time and space to respond to you
- Use lane positioning to be seen; ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible
- Watch for turning vehicles
- Signal your next move in advance
- Avoid weaving between lanes
- Pretend you’re invisible, and ride extra defensively
- Don’t ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
- Know and follow the rules of the road, and stick to the speed limit
- Know your bike and how to use it:
- Get formal training and take refresher courses
- Practice. Develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic. Know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces
Contact a skilled attorney if you have been injured while riding a motorcycle at the negligence of someone else. You might be able to file claims and receive compensation for your injuries.