Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips
Jed Dietrich, Esq. and His Elite Team of Lawyers and Paralegals at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Care About the Safety of Motorcycle Riders on the Roads of Buffalo, New York and Throughout New York State.
Riding motorcycles can be a fun and exciting way to get around. However, riding a motorcycle is considerably more dangerous than driving a car. In the past seven years, there have been on average 4,200 motorcyclist deaths per year. Roughly fifty percent of all motorcycle fatalities occur from single vehicle crashes.
Nevertheless, many motorcycle enthusiasts experience years of riding without ever being seriously injured. While riders may not be able to escape all dangerous situations, they can take numerous precautions to have a safer riding experience. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of Buffalo, New York motorcycle accident lawyers cares deeply about the safety and welfare of our clients and the residents of Buffalo, New York. As such, we have dedicated this page to help support motorcyclists in remaining accident and injury free.
Since 1999, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has exclusively handled serious personal injury cases. Throughout the years, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has successfully represented numerous motorcycle accident victims. Serious motorcycle accidents often cause life-shattering bodily injuries, emotional suffering and financial distress. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. possesses the knowledge and skills to meticulously investigate your accident, and ensure that you receive the highest possible recovery for your injuries.
The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of motorcycle accident injury lawyers in Buffalo, New York is highly experienced, aggressive, tenacious and hardworking. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team are determined, disciplined and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for injured motorcycle riders in Buffalo, New York; Rochester, New York; Niagara Falls, New York and throughout New York State. Our Best Law Firm of America will fight to obtain the best result for your serious motorcycle accident injury. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. over $150,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements to compensate his clients for their serious personal injuries. Contact us today at 716-839-3939 for your free consultation. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week and there is never a fee unless we WIN for you!
Riding a motorcycle requires a different skillset than driving a car. The first key to optimizing your chances of avoiding an accident is to learn how to ride safely. Additionally, motorcyclists should create a plan and set of rules to follow in order to prepare for each ride. We have put together this list to prepare for your next ride, which includes the following:
- Choose an appropriate motorcycle: When selecting a bike, consider the primary use of your motorcycle because motorcycles are built for a variety of different purposes. Also, buy a bike that you can safely handle. Super-sport motorcycles have a rider fatality rate approximately 4 times that of standard motorcycles.
- Take a motorcycle safety course: New riders should take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. Also, riders that have not ridden for a while should consider taking a refresher driving course.
- Make sure you have insurance: Purchase a comprehensive motorcycle insurance policy. Having extensive motorcycle insurance will greatly assist you in the event of an accident, and save you the burden of paying costly hospital bills. It is important for riders to remember that traditional No-Fault insurance policies exclude coverage for motorcycle drivers and their passengers.
- Dress in bright clothing: Putting on bright colored clothes or clothes with reflective emblems or striping will help you be more visible to other drivers.
- Put on appropriate protective equipment: At the very least, all riders should wear a fitted helmet, secure jacket, protective pants, sturdy gloves and tough boots. Adequate safety gear will help reduce your risk of serious bodily injury or road rash in the event of a crash.
- Check your motorcycle: Always make certain that your bike is in good shape and in total working condition. Tires and breaks should not be overly worn.
- Do not ride in rainy or wet weather conditions: The riskiest and most hazardous time to ride is right after it starts raining. That is when the road is most slippery. Additionally, heavy rainfall can greatly limit visibility. Motorcyclists should monitor the weather to avoid the rain.
- Get enough rest: Riders can easily become fatigued, because riding a motorcycle is more exhausting and involved than driving a car. Only ride when you are not sleep deprived or too tired to do so.
- Never ride after drinking or drug use: Alcohol and drugs never mix with operating any vehicles and are especially dangerous when riding a motorcycle. These substances greatly impair your coordination, balance and overall alertness. According to the NHTSA, 28% of motorcyclists killed in 2017 were intoxicated.
- Be especially careful if you have a passenger: Controlling a motorcycle with a passenger on the back is much more difficult. Make sure that you are confident with your riding abilities before allowing anyone else to ride with you.
If you, or a loved one, were injured by a motorcycle accident, contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., a Best Law Firm of America, today at 716-839-3939. Our team of highly experienced and top rated motorcycle accident injury lawyers in Buffalo, New York fight for the compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you suffered. This may include monetary compensation for your medical bills, lost time from work and pain and suffering.
Whether you are a rookie or veteran driver, it is important that you properly observe all safety rules each and every single time you ride a motorcycle. Although there are various elements out of your hands, we have provided some functional tips and suggestions for remaining safe, noticeable and cautious on the road, including:
- Always be prepared to brake: Keep you hand on the brake at all times so that you can react in an instant.
- Maintain a safe distance: Following other vehicles too closely will not give you enough time to react. It is often best to use the 3-second rule. Choose a sign on the road and begin counting as soon as the car ahead passes it. You should not pass the sign until at least 3 seconds later.
- Monitor all traffic behind you: Cars not obeying the speed limit may rapidly approach from behind, and it is important that you not get startled.
- Be aware of all other traffic on the road: Regularly keep an eye on traffic in front of you, in your mirrors and watch all surrounding vehicles. Be particularly weary of vehicles that are attempting to make a left-hand turn in front of you.
- Try and keep to the left side of your lane: By remaining on the left side of the lane, other drivers in front are able to notice you better in their rearview mirror.
- Observe all rules of the road: Follow all traffic rules, lights and signs. Be mindful of both local traffic laws and all rules of the road.
- Use your blinker: Signaling all turns and lane changes informs other drivers of your intentions and makes you more visible. Try to signal as far in advance as possible.
- Do not speed: Speeding is one of the main reasons why other vehicles fail to see motorcycles. By reducing your speed, you have more chance of being seen, more reaction time and you help reduce the risk of losing control of your motorcycle.
- Ride Defensively: Never assume that other drivers will see you. Most motorcycle crashes result from drivers infringing on a motorcyclist’s right-of-way. Additionally, watch out for vehicles making turns.
- Pay attention: Constantly be aware of your surroundings and avoid any distractions, such as texting or talking.
- Be cautious of road hazards: Potholes, puddles, debris, gravel and manhole covers can all pose serious threats to riders.
- Use your headlights: Motorcyclists should have their headlights on during the day and at night, because it helps other drivers notice them.
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