Motorcycle Accidents | Tips to Stay Safe
Motorcycle riders run a higher risk of being severely injured during crashes. This is due to the fact that motorcycle riders don’t count with airbags and seatbelt protection. Motorcycle riders are frequently overseen by other vehicles since they hide in other’s blind spots. Motorcycles have increased in popularity and preference among Texas residents. The number of registered motorcycles in the state of Texas is nearing 420,000 – and growing fast. Riding on motorcycles have many advantages, however, motorcycling is far more dangerous than traveling by other more traditional motor vehicles: car, truck or bus. In 2016, 493 motorcyclists and passengers were killed on Texas roads and 2,006 more motorcyclists and passengers suffered incapacitating injuries.
Motorcycle drivers and other motorists can prevent accidents and injuries and limit the seriousness of incidents by taking preventive measures. For motorcyclists, to stay safe, remember to:
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear.
- Turn on your headlights and ride defensively.
- Avoid the center of the lane where debris and oil build up.
- Ride at a safe speed, and never ride if you’ve been drinking.
- Take a course to learn or reinforce safe riding techniques.
Other drivers need to keep an eye out for motorcycles and safely share the road:
- Look twice for motorcyclists at intersections, entering highways and whenever turning or changing lanes.
- Always maintain a safe following distance. Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely.
- When passing a motorcyclist, move to the other lane and allow a full lane for the motorcycle.
- Obey posted speed limits.
- Use your turn signals and check your blind spot before changing lanes.
- Always assume motorcycles are closer than they appear to be.
Call the J. Ramírez Law Group, PLLC today at 956-4100-LAW and schedule your initial consultation if you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident.
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Source: Texas Department of Transportation