For motorcycle enthusiasts, longer days and rising temperatures are an invitation to take their beloved two-wheel companions out of storage and hit the road. But as a personal injury lawyer Memphis TN trusts, I know that highways are never without their risks. For motorcyclists in particular, safety should be the utmost priority.
Of all those on the road, motorcyclists face the greatest risk.
Any time you’re on the road, whether you’re driving, biking, or motorcycling, you face some degree of danger. After all, you’re entirely dependent on the behavior of others, which you cannot control. But it’s motorcyclists who suffer the most.
Motorcycle riders are consistently overrepresented in traffic fatalities in comparison to drivers and other groups. Latest studies estimate that they’re 28 times as likely as drivers and car passengers to die in a collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2018.
Here are several reasons motorcyclists are so vulnerable.
- It’s easier for motorcycles to lose control when presented with heavy traffic, poorly paved roads, or sudden stops.
- Often, it’s other drivers who jeopardize motorcyclists’ safety. They do not understand how these vehicles maneuver and don’t see them coming, or fail to leave ample room.
Summer is the most dangerous season for motorcyclists.
Summertime isn’t just the most popular season for motorcycling, it’s also one of the most dangerous, with more construction zones, more traffic, and more young drivers on the road.
Practice these safety tips to lower your risk.
Anyone riding a motorcycle has a responsibility to ride as safely as possible. The NHTSA suggests the following precautions, before and during your ride.
What to do before you hit the road
Riding a motorcycle is very different from driving a car. All states, including Tennessee, require a motorcycle license that’s separate from your automobile license. Even if you’re licensed, completing a motorcycle rider education course will help you get fully prepared before you get to riding.
Additionally, it’s critical that your motorcycle is in good condition. Check the following before EVERY ride:
- Tire pressure
- Tread depth
- Hand and foot brakes
- Signal indicators
- Fluid level
How to ride responsibly
- Wear a helmet every time, one that meets the DOT Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.
- Cover your arms and legs with leather or heavy denim.
- Ensure that your boots cover your ankles.
- Wear brightly colored clothing with reflective material so that other drivers can spot you.
- Obey all traffic laws: traffic lights and signs, speed limits, and lane markings.
- Leave room between your motorcycle and other vehicles.
- Always signal before changing lanes.
- Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Speak with a personal injury lawyer Memphis TN trusts.
Motorcycle accidents are serious. They can be fatal. If the rider survives, they involve a long recovery with significant medical bills. If you’ve been hurt, you deserve to focus on your physical and mental healing. We are known for our compassion and our results, and we’re committed to fighting for you and your family.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash due to another driver’s recklessness, contact us today. Call (901) 327-2100 or contact us here to speak with a personal injury lawyer Memphis TN trusts.
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