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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month: Tips to Safely Share the Road

Posted By Shook & Stone || 19-May-2015

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time when state and federal officials work to raise awareness about the risks motorcycle riders face and the importance of safely sharing the road. With such overwhelming rates of injuries and deaths in motorcycle accidents, safety among riders and nearby motorists is crucially important.

At Shook & Stone, our personal injury attorneys have experience helping motorcycle accident victims and their loved ones after they suffer losses in auto accidents that were not their fault. Having handled many of these cases, we also know that motorcycle riders and other motorists can help reduce risks by making safety a priority. Below are a few helpful tips.

For Riders

  • Work on Your Skills - Being proficient at riding is a crucial part of staying safe when on your motorcycle. Consider taking a motorcycle safety course if you haven’t done so already. These classes teach crucial skills, including defensive riding. You can also work on becoming comfortable with your bike on closed sections of roadways or parking lots.
  • Wear Protective Gear - Motorcycle riders are extremely vulnerable, so every bit of protective gear helps. Invest in quality gear, including gloves, pants, and jackets. Of course, you should always wear a DOT approved helmet. In Nevada, it’s the law.
  • Be Prepared - Be prepared every time you ride by doing a quick walk around to ensure your lights, signals, and horns are working, and take the time to check weather conditions. You can also inspect your tires and other parts of the bike for potential dangers. When taking your motorcycle out after a long period of not using it, it is also advised that you give your bike a more in-depth checkup.
  • Be Defensive - Drivers in passenger vehicles are often at fault for causing motorcycle accidents. As such, you should always be vigilant of other motor vehicles when on the road. Keep an eye out for nearby vehicles, use your signals, watch for lane changes, and avoid tailgating.
  • Ride Sober - Statistics show that many motorcycle accidents involve riders who were under the influence. Protect yourself and others by riding sober.

For Motorists

  • Be Aware - Motorcycles are much smaller than passenger vehicles, which can make them difficult to see in certain situations. Because of this, drivers should always be aware of their surroundings, especially at intersections, when pulling into traffic, or when changing lanes. Avoid distractions, and make sure to look twice. As motorcycles often have loud exhaust systems, you can make efforts to keep an ear out for approaching riders.
  • Share the Road - When driving near or passing motorcycle riders, be sure to allow enough room on either side and pass only when it is safe. Avoid tailgating and give plenty of space when following a rider.

Because motorcycle accidents often result in serious and even fatal injuries, our legal team knows that full and fair compensation is key to protecting the futures of injured riders and their loved ones. To learn more about your right to compensation after a motorcycle accident, contact Shook & Stone for a FREE case evaluation.

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