Preventing a Motorcycle Accident
Helpful Tips from a Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney
As a motorcycle rider, you may be interested to know what you can do to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident. Though there is no way to guarantee that you will not be involved in a motorcycle accident (other than staying away from riding altogether), there are steps you can take to protect yourself. As Houston motorcycle accident attorneys, we have seen just how much damage a crash can cause. We have compiled the following safety tips to offer insight on this matter.
One of the most important things to remember as a motorcyclist is that other drivers may not see you. Ride defensively, and never assume that another driver can see you. Avoid other vehicles' blind spots and be aware of what other motorists are doing. Be prepared to take evasive maneuvers if you are cut off or a vehicle turns left in front of you (one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents).
Get Proper Training and a License
Make sure you take a motorcycle safety training course and get a proper license before taking to the road. Inexperience can prove to be deadly. Make sure you also make yourself familiar with your bike before you take it out, and take proper measures to regularly inspect and maintain your bike in accordance with manufacturer guidelines.
Ride According to Current Conditions
Always take current road, weather and traffic conditions into mind when you ride. Poor weather can be particularly dangerous for motorcycle riders, so you may not even want to take to the road in especially poor conditions.
Follow Traffic Laws
Obey traffic laws when you ride. Do not drink and ride, observe posted speed limits and follow other traffic laws. Traffic violations, from speeding to running a red light, can cause a catastrophic collision.
Enhance Your Visibility
Take measures to make yourself and your bike more visible to other motorists. This may include wearing bright and/or reflective clothing, always riding with your headlight on and avoiding blind spots or other hazardous situations. If you can make it more easy for other drivers to see you, you may be able to avoid an accident.
Avoiding Catastrophic Injury or Death in a Motorcycle Accident
Did you know that a motorcycle rider is about 30 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than an occupant of a passenger car? According to nationwide traffic accident statistics from 2011, motorcyclists were more than 30 times more likely to die in collisions than passenger car occupants, per vehicle mile traveled. Motorcyclists were also 5 times more likely to be injured. With this in mind, it is important to know what can be done to reduce your chances of being seriously or fatally injured in an accident.
In Texas, riders over the age of 21 are not required by law to wear a safety helmet (Texas Transportation Code, Title 7, Subtitle G, Chapter 661). Wearing a helmet, however, can help prevent fatal injuries in a collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists. A helmet that fits properly and is in compliance with federal safety standards can prevent a rider from sustaining a fatal head or brain injury. A rider can also take other measures to reduce or prevent injuries in a collision, by wearing protective boots, gloves, pants and a jacket.
Injured? Talk to a lawyer at our Houston law offices.
Even with a helmet and protective gear, motorcycle riders are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to traffic accidents. They may still sustain serious injuries or lose their lives. That is why our team is committed to representing victims of motorcycle accidents. We fight for fair compensation for those who have been injured or have lost loved ones in these collisions. To find out how a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer can help you, please call for a free case review.