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.
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.
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.