Motorcycle Loss of Control Accident
What You Can do if You Lose Control of Your Motorcycle
With all of the inherent dangers and distractions cycling poses, most riders consider it an inevitability that they will one day lose control of their motorcycle. As with the old adage about assuming you are invisible to other drivers, riders simply (and prudently) prepare for the worst case scenario, and part of that preparation is acknowledging that they are more vulnerable to injurious or potentially fatal accidents. The freedom and power motorcycles represent is necessarily free.
Often times, according to the National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration, poor riding skills are to blame. Every experienced rider will tell you to make sure you are comfortable with your machine, that you can handle its size and power.
Some Common Causes for Motorcycle Wrecks:
- Lack of basic riding skills
- Failure to appreciate the inherent operating characteristics
- Failure to appreciate the limitations of the motorcycle
- Failure to use special precautions while riding
- Failure to use defensive driving techniques.
- Lack of specific braking and cornering skills
- Failure to follow speed limit
If you are a responsible motorcyclist, then you’ve already taken this short check list into consideration before getting out on the open road. However, even when we take all the known contingencies into account, make ourselves better riders and observe all the rules and regulations of motorcycling, there are still variables we just can’t control which account for many motorcycle wrecks.
If you have been involved in an accident where you lost control of your motorcycle, contact Lowman Law Firm for a free consultation.
Some Common Causes for Loss of Control Motorcycle Accidents in Brooksville and Hernando County Florida
Losing control of your bike is a serious issue which is often downplayed by risk-flaunting behavior. We at Lowman Law Firm would like to encourage responsible riding for the safety of both the motorcyclist and for the driving public at large. A sober look at statistics can be astonishing.
Figures show Florida motorcycle deaths and injuries increasing, but the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has also stated that 4,315 motorcyclists died in 2005, which was a 7.7 percent increase from 2004 nationwide. Even more alarming is the fact that motorcycle deaths have increased 104 percent from 1997 to 2005, and injuries of motorcycle riders increased 37 percent from 1995 to 2005, according to the DOT.
A leading contributor to motorcycle accidents here in Spring Hill and outlying areas is the problem of potholes, road construction and poor street and highway maintenance. As a part of being prepared for any contingency, it’s important for Florida motorcyclists to slow down in any construction zone and when riding across loose gravel. Likewise, it’s imperative that the motorcyclist pay special attention to all road conditions, as potholes obviously pose a greater risk of a serious motorcycle accident in Brooksville. With all the road rehabilitation continuously occurring in Central Florida, it’s incumbent upon the cyclist to prepare accordingly. However, if you feel that poor road maintenance, unmarked construction or any similar circumstance contributed to you losing control of your motorcycle and caused a motorcycle accident, contact the motorcycle-friendly lawyers at Lowman Law Firm. Our combined decades of experience will serve to guide you through the maze of Florida traffic law.
One last tip from the tenured attorneys at Lowman Law Firm for motorcyclists: watch out for dogs! Dogs are problematic for riders. Don't become distracted and don't kick at a dog.