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How can motorcyclists stay safe on the road?

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2018 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

For motorcyclists, roads can be particularly dangerous and the likelihood of passing away or sustaining a serious injury in a wreck are especially high. As a result, it is critical for those who ride motorcycles to be aware of some of the things they can do to protect themselves on the road. Motorcycle crashes cannot always be prevented, especially when they are caused by another driver’s recklessness, but precautionary measures can reduce the likelihood of death and serious injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has provided a number of tips for motorcyclists who are looking for ways to stay safe and avoid a fatal accident. For example, motorcyclists should never take to the road after drinking or under the influence of drugs and they should pay close attention to other traffic safety laws, such as speed limits, signage and traffic lights. Motorcyclists should be mindful of intersections and the distance between their motorcycle and other vehicles. Moreover, reflective materials can help other drivers notice motorcyclists and avoid hitting them.

Helmets are extremely important, and every motorcyclist should make sure to wear a certified helmet that meets DOT standards. In addition to helmets, other gear such as gloves, heavy denim or leather clothes and high boots can help protect motorcyclists on the road. Sadly, even these precautions may not always prevent a motorcyclist from passing away or becoming severely injured when they are hit by a negligent driver. Those struggling with a motorcycle crash may want to consider filing suit if someone else’s carelessness caused the accident.