Riding a motorcycle can bring plenty of joy to your life, but only if you do so in a safe and responsible manner. The last thing you want to do is put yourself at risk of injury in an accident.
There are a variety of steps you can personally take to protect your safety, including but not limited to:
- Wear safety gear at all times
- Leave a safe following distance
- Make yourself visible to other drivers on the road
- Follow the rules of the road
- Drive defensively
- Don’t lane split
When you do these things, you’ll feel much better about your safety every time you get on your motorcycle. However, there’s something else to consider: other drivers.
If another driver makes a mistake, it could cause an accident in which you suffer a serious injury. Here are some of the things to watch out for:
- Aggressive drivers: Simply put, some drivers don’t like to share the road with motorcyclists. So, when they see you, they’ll do whatever they can to make life miserable for you. If you come across an aggressive driver, do your part in creating as much distance as possible.
- Ignoring traffic conditions: When drivers ignore traffic conditions, such as stop and go on busy interstates, they increase the likelihood of an accident.
- Ignoring weather conditions: When the weather turns, such as from sun to rain, everyone on the road should adjust their driving style.
- Intersection accidents: As you approach an intersection, pay close attention to motor vehicles traveling from all other directions. For example, if you’re traveling straight and a car from the other direction is turning left, they could misjudge your speed and cause a head-on collision. It’s a must to take extra caution at intersections.
If you’re injured in a motorcycle-car accident, stay where you are and call 911 for help. Depending on your injuries, you may be able to administer first-aid until paramedics arrive to provide treatment and transport you to a local hospital.
Once your health is stabilized, review the police report, collect evidence and file an insurance claim. It’s your time to take steps to protect your legal rights.