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Motorcycle Safety: Is That an Oxymoron?

Posted on: September 8, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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Motorcycle safety has long been a hot topic in road safety circles. Some would argue that the term “motorcycle safety” is an oxymoron because, by their very design, motorcycles do not provide adequate protection in the event of an accident.

Motorcyclists run a significantly higher risk of receiving serious injuries in a collision, even when riders take great strides to ensure their safety. As such, motorcycle safety largely focuses on protecting the rider as much as possible.

You cannot control how other drivers behave on the road, so keeping yourself safe while riding will require diligence on the roads. The following tips will greatly improve your safety and may even save your life.

Avoiding a Crash

Motorcyclists tend to go flat-side-down in the event of a potential accident. Doing so, however, can end in tragedy. When a collision is likely, it is much better to use effective breaking to slow down the motorcycle and reduce the impact of a collision.

Going flat-side-down could result in both you and your motorcycle ending up underneath the wheels of another vehicle. If you come off the motorcycle, your momentum will cause your body to continue travelling. Even the best leathers in the world won’t protect you from broken bones when you are sent tumbling at high speed.

Make Yourself Visible

Most other drivers take great care on the road and are especially conscious of motorcyclists, however, motorcycles are still likely to become obscured from view by blind-spots. . As a motorcyclist, you can help avoid getting into accidents by wearing high-visibility clothing to give other drivers a better view of you.

Remember to consider how the weather or road conditions can affect the ability of other drivers to see you. Do everything you can to ensure that other drivers can see you, or that your motorcycle maintains a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.

Wear Your Helmet

There has been a dangerous myth circulating in the biking community for years that helmets contribute to broken necks. Motorcycle helmets are designed to protect both the head and neck in the event of an accident. If your helmet meets the recommended safety standards, it will actually absorb the force of the impact. So, in fact, wearing a helmet will reduce the likelihood of neck injuries during an accident.

Additionally, if you do not wear a helmet, you run the risk of being blinded by the sun or hit by debris or insects. Both of these scenarios could result in you losing control of your motorcycle and getting into a serious accident that could have easily been avoided by wearing a helmet.

On a final note, it is important to observe motorcycle safety no matter where you are riding. You are no safer riding around your block than you are on the interstate. Always assume that there is the potential for an accident to happen. That way you will have more chance of reacting in plenty of time should the unthinkable happen.

Edwards & Patterson are experts in handling cases involving motorcycle accidents. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and need professional representation, reach out to our offices today.

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