Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating, adrenaline-releasing experience.
Many avid motorcycles like yourself write about the feeling cruising along
the open road gives them. On top of the feeling of excitement and freedom,
motorcycles offer their riders a quicker drive home through 5 o’clock traffic.
While riding a motorcycle comes with rewards, it can also be extremely
dangerous. As you know, you can be the best rider on the road, but that
can’t stop you from being struck by an inattentive motorist.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
the latest data shows that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die
in a crash than a car passenger is. Motorcyclists are also 6 times more
likely to get injured in a crash as well.
Safety Measures You Can Take
While you can’t control what other drivers do, you can take measures
to protect your own safety while on the road. Below are a few things that
you can do to reduce your chances of being involved in a serious crash.
Take a motorcycle riding education course. Find one near you at the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s website.
- Get accustomed to riding a new or unfamiliar bike in a controlled area.
- Before you ride check, the tire pressure, tread depth, brakes, headlights,
signal indicators, fluid levels, and check for any oil or gas leaks.
- Be sure to learn how to handle your motorcycle in a variety of conditions,
such as bad weather, or when encountering road debris, potholes, and slick roads.
- Always wear a helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; it is the best way to protect
your brain in the event of a crash.
- Wear the proper protective clothing – ideally leather or riding jeans
– to protect your skin from road rash.
If a negligent, inattentive motorist injured you, our
Atlanta auto accident attorney can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
The Weinstein Firm, LLC today to start your free consultation.