What’s the best way to avoid motorcycle accidents? Is just being careful while driving enough? We’ve compiled tips and tricks to help you keep the roads safe.
If you drive a motorcycle, then you get to experience that exhilarating rush that most other drivers on the road will never experience. However, you also know the risks you’re taking, and any accidents you have while riding could be catastrophic to you, even at low speeds.
That’s why we want to give you several tips on how to avoid motorcycle accidents. We also include a short FAQ on what to do if you’ve experienced a motorcycle accident. Keep yourself safe out there on the road by reading and following these tips.
1. Don’t Speed
Cars have sturdy metal frames, seatbelts, airbags, and numerous other safety features that motorcycles don’t. Since most drivers drive such vehicles, the posted speed limits are tailored to them.
Therefore, if it’s not safe for cars to go above the posted limit, it’s even more unsafe for bikers. Don’t speed.
2. Keep Looking When You Stop Moving
If you’re in a car, stopped at a red light, what happens when the driver behind you fails to stop? They owe you a new bumper.
Now, what if the same scenario happens when you’re on a motorcycle? It could be a deadly outcome. Whenever your bike stops moving, make sure you’re still watching behind you.
3. Stop Driving Between Lanes
Driving between the lanes to escape slow traffic could have horrible consequences.
- Hit a car door that is opening
- Hit a car that’s changing lanes unexpectedly
- Hit a driver’s arm that’s hanging out the window
The best-case scenario is that you’ll get a ticket for reckless driving. The worst-case scenario is that you’ll damage private property and hurt yourself and others.
FAQs About Motorcycle Accidents
Even if you follow these tips, accidents can still happen. If they do, follow the below steps.
1. What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
Call 911 and record everything with pictures and videos. If you have nothing to record with, try to memorize all details. Also, call a doctor.
2. Who Should I Talk to After a Motorcycle Accident?
Talk to the police, medical professionals, your insurance company, and the other driver. And, of course, you must contact a New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer as soon as possible.
3. What Should I (Not) Say After a Motorcycle Accident?
Most importantly, do not admit fault and do not settle with the other driver’s insurance company (who will undoubtedly try to lowball you). Once the police and doctors have done their part, you formulate the best course of action with your attorney.
Follow This Advice on How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
You can’t afford to neglect this lifesaving advice, and neither can the other motorcyclists you know.
Please share these tips on how to avoid motorcycle accidents with all the bikers you know and don’t forget to follow these tips yourself.
Do you need legal help after a motorcycle accident? Then, please, call 844-GET-GARY or contact us here to get the help you need.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.