Riding a motorcycle certainly has its benefits. Lower gas prices, easier parking, a thrilling way to skirt traffic – it’s no wonder why there are more than 115,000 registered motorcycles in Alabama alone.
Unfortunately, a motorcycle accident is likely to end with injuries. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 9 in 100,000 passenger vehicles were involved in fatal accidents in 2013 – compared to 56 in 100,000 registered motorcycles.
If you ride a motorcycle, it is vital that you are proactive about safety. These five tips are particularly important:
- Wear a certified helmet;
- Ride with people you trust;
- Adhere to speed limits;
- Look where you want to go; and
- Exercise caution when riding near semi-trucks;
If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. A Birmingham injury lawyer will guide you through the claims process.
Our legal team will gather evidence, talk to witnesses, structure your claim and help you fight for the maximum settlement. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at five essential safety tips for motorcyclists:
- Wear a Certified Helmet
Do not ride with a novelty helmet. Your helmet should be certified by the Snell Memorial Foundation or the Department of Transportation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that you only purchase a new helmet; used helmets may have counterfeit certifications, and they might have suffered damage in previous accidents.
- Ride with People You Trust
Ride with people you know and trust. Motorcyclists who show off or ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs are a danger to everyone around them. It is safer to ride alone than with people who may put your life at risk.
- Adhere to Speed Limits
It may be tempting to open up the throttle and push your bike to the limit, but speed is a leading cause of fatal motorcycle accidents. Adhere to the speed limits at all times, regardless of how tempting the open road might be.
- Look Where You Want to Go
It is easy to get fixated on an obstacle while riding a motorcycle – particularly in heavy traffic. Do not look at the obstacle or hazard ahead; rather, focus on where you want to go.
- Exercise Caution When Riding Near Semi-Trucks
Minimize the amount of time you spend riding alongside semi-trucks and buses. Trucks have large blind spots, so the driver might not be able to see you.
If you were injured by a negligent motorist, contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. A Birmingham accident attorney will assess your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
As the victim of another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for lost income, health-care bills and non-economic damages. Our legal team will help you fight for the highest possible compensation, and if your case goes to trial, we have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.