Riding a motorcycle on a nice day can be a great experience. It can also
turn dangerous quickly, due to the negligence of other drivers or lack
of experience on the part of the motorcyclist. To make the most out of
your time on a motorcycle, follow these safety tips.
1. Be aware of your surroundings
When operating any motor vehicle, it is important to be aware of your surroundings.
It is even more important to be aware of what’s around you while
on a motorcycle as the negative impacts of a crash are magnified when
you do not have the metal frame of a car and airbags to protect you. While
cars should always look out for motorcycles, it is not enough to rely
on other drivers to see you. Always behave as if no one can see you. This
will account for drivers who cannot see you in a blind spot or who aren’t
paying attention. Always do your best to stay out of blind spots, give
cars space when merging, and always get out of the way of cars that are
backing up. It is always better to allow cars to go first than to risk
2. Watch out for obstructions in the road
Debris and potholes in the road can be damaging to cars, but can prove
fatal to motorcyclists. Always keep an eye out of obstructions in the
road that could cause you to be thrown from your bike or forced to swerve
into traffic at the last minute. By being aware of road obstructions,
you can plan to avoid them.
3. Be careful of cars turning left at intersections
Although you may have the right of way, cars often will hit motorcyclists
while making a left turn. While being mindful of oncoming cars’
blinker and tire position, you should always be prepared for a car to
make a left without signaling or much notice at all. To avoid being hit
by a left-turning vehicle, you may have to speed up or swerve to avoid
4. Resist the urge to drive between cars
No one likes to sit in traffic, and it can be extremely tempting to drive
between cars in stopped traffic. While it may seem like the smart idea
to save time, it can leave motorcyclists susceptible to being hit by cars
changing lanes or a car door unexpectedly opening.
5. Don’t Drink and Drive
This is important no matter what kind of vehicle you are operating. You
should never drink alcohol and operate motorcycle, bicycle, car, or boat.
It is your responsibility as a motorcyclist to take proper safety precautions.
Never drive a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol. It is better
to leave your motorcycle where it is and call a cab, than be involved
in a fatal accident.
After a devastating crash, motorcyclists and their families not only have
to wrangle with stingy insurance companies, but they also have to deal
with unfair stereotypes. To avoid unfair blame and a lowball offer, you
need an experienced advocate in your corner.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident, you can start exploring
your legal options immediately when you contact a Long Island personal
injury lawyer from The Odierno Law Firm, P.C.