Fatal motorcycle accidents are more common than many people realize. In 2014, 4,586 people died in motorcycle crashes in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A large percentage of these fatalities were motorcycle passengers. Some bikers do not know how to adjust their riding when they carry other people. Fortunately, there are steps that motorcyclists can take to reduce the risk of crashing when transporting passengers:
- Take a motorcycle safety course;
- Follow traffic laws;
- Prepare your motorcycle for passengers;
- Maintain a safe speed;
- And compensate for the added weight.
Unfortunately, even the safest riders are not immune to accidents. If you suffered an injury due to a negligent motorist in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD.
You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical expenses, and noneconomic damages. A Gulfport injury attorney from our firm will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.
Here are five tips to help you avoid collisions when transporting a passenger on a motorcycle:
- Take a Motorcycle Safety Course
A motorcycle safety course will refresh your riding skills and teach you how to adjust your riding when transporting another person. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers a basic course for riders of all ages.
- Follow Traffic Laws
Make sure you are familiar with traffic laws that govern motorcycle passengers. In Mississippi, there is no minimum age for motorcycle passengers, but all riders must wear helmets, according to American Motorcyclist.
- Prepare Your Motorcycle for Passengers
Before you transport another person, you must equip your bike to carry passengers. Your seat should be large enough for two people, and you should install extra foot pegs for your passenger. Make sure your passenger wears the proper safety equipment including a helmet, jacket and boots.
- Maintain a Safe Speed
Always obey the speed limit. When riding in adverse weather, reduce your speed so you can maintain control of your motorcycle. This is particularly important when carrying a passenger because the added weight will affect the handling.
You should also double your following distance in poor weather. The rule of thumb is to maintain three seconds of distance in ideal conditions, but double that to six seconds in rain, snow, fog and other adverse conditions.
- Compensate for the Added Weight
The weight of the passenger will increase your stopping distance and impact your ability to corner. Give yourself additional time to stop, corner and accelerate.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Mississippi, contact a Gulfport auto accident attorney from Morris Bart, LTD. We will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovery.
Our firm has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.