It’s no secret that motorcycles are more dangerous than cars. The average motorcycle rider is 27x more likely to be in a crash than those driving four-wheeled vehicles. Given that these crashes tend to cause more serious injuries, it’s crucial that every motorcycle rider be prepared for the worst. With that in mind, our team has put together these 3 safety tips every motorcycle rider should know.
Dress for the Slide, NOT the Ride
Perhaps the most important lesson for any new bike owner. When going for a ride, always dress as though you are going to be in a crash. Wear a helmet, armored boots, gloves, a kevlar jacket, and reinforced pants.
Remember that motorcycles have fewer safety features. If a rider is thrown into traffic, the right safety gear could be the difference between a few bruises and a potentially fatal crash.
Be Careful When Merging Near Trucks
Motorcycle riders must remember “the no-zone” when approaching a semi-truck or other large vehicle. Because trucks are longer and wider, they have poor visibility, especially near the front and rear.
Generally, truck blind spots are so extreme that drivers cannot see anything within 20ft of the front of their vehicle. That means if a motorcyclist passes a truck and then merges into their lane without providing enough space, the truck driver may not realize the motorcycle is there. This can be especially dangerous if the truck tries to speed up or if the motorcycle hits the brakes and the truck driver can’t see their taillights.
Don’t Ride in Bad Weather
If it’s raining or the roads are still wet, it might be a good idea to hold off on your motorcycle ride. Motorcycles lack the stability of four-wheeled vehicles, which makes them more susceptible to slippery conditions.
Additionally, motorcyclists must be very careful of pooling water on the road. Not only are motorcycles more prone to hydroplaning at high speeds, but it’s more difficult for riders to regain control.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle crash, you might have a case. To discuss your case with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney from Portner & Shure, P.A., don’t hesitate to call (855) 954-4141 or send us an email.