Spring Hill Motorcycle Accidents: How To Prevent Them
Driving a motorcycle can be fun and exciting; with their high fuel efficiency, they can also be considered “green.” However, it is very possible to have an accident while driving a motorcycle. You should take safety precautions and drive defensively in order to have a better chance of avoiding one.
You have likely seen bumper stickers beseeching drivers to look out for motorcycles. This is solid advice; however, it is not solely the responsibility of a car's driver to look out for motorcycles. Motorcycle drivers must also be on the lookout for hazards and take measures to protect themselves.
One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is collision with other vehicles. Since a motorcycle is not enclosed like a car or truck, and doesn't have a larger body to protect the driver, these accidents are often severe and can cause serious injury. Be cautious when changing lanes, at intersections, and in traffic.
Another potential hazard is stopped cars. If you are speeding or lose control of your motorcycle and collide with a parked car (or other large object such as a lamp post, telephone pole, guard rail or curb), the likelihood is great that the motorcycle can skid, slide or even flip.
Be mindful of road conditions; hazards such as potholes, puddles and uneven pavement can cause the motorcycle to become unstable and cause an accident. Take extra precautions during inclement weather.
Proper Motorcycle Safety Equipment
Another important step to take when driving a motorcycle is to use all necessary protective equipment, such as the following:
- Helmet: A full helmet is the wisest choice; half- and three-quarter helmets are available but cannot offer the level of protection provided by a full helmet.
- Motorcycle jacket: Offers coverage for the upper body and protects from flying debris, wind, and offers a buffer between the body and pavement in the event of a fall or accident.
- Gloves: Protect the hands if a driver should fall or skid.
- Boots: Purchase boots specifically made for motorcycle drivers. Toes are often reinforced to protect the feet in the event of an accident.
- Pants: Heavier material will offer coverage, much like the jacket.
- Goggles or a visor: These can be a part of the helmet and will protect the eyes from debris, wind and rain. Tinted goggles are available to take the place of sunglasses.
- High-visibility vest: Bright colors such as orange or green make a motorcycle driver more visible to other drivers. Reflective material may be added to increase visibility at night or during bad weather.
These items are important to protect the rider from serious injuries in the event of a motorcycle accident. Do not fool yourself into thinking you should leave them at home or save the expense of purchase!
It is imperative to be well-trained. Novice or irresponsible riders account for a significant number of motorcycle accidents. Training courses are available; the Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers classes in many areas. Perhaps the most obvious way to avoid a motorcycle accident is to avoid drinking and driving. Alcohol impairs the nervous system and causes slower reaction times, which a motorcycle driver cannot afford to risk.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us today to receive a free consultation.