Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Oct 26, 2015 in Motorcycle Accidents
The risk of dying in a motorcycle crash is 30 times higher than in a car crash. Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than driving a car, as they lack many safety devices present in other vehicles. To make your riding experience safer, follow the motorcycle rider safety tips below.
Buy the Right Bike
When purchasing a motorcycle, make sure to buy one that is the right fit for you. Your feet should touch the ground comfortably when on the bike, and the controls and handlebars should be well within your reach. Don't choose a model that is too heavy or too powerful for your needs.
Invest in Anti-lock Brakes
Motorcycles with anti-lock braking systems have a 37 percent lower chance of being involved in deadly accidents, compared to models lacking them. With an anti-lock braking system in place, you can keep control of steering in the event you need to make an emergency stop.
Practice Makes Perfect
Taking a motorcycle safety course is highly recommended by Honda and other motorcycle manufacturers. Youll learn basic skills as well as skills that will help you make emergency roadway maneuvers. As an added bonus, taking such a course may qualify you for insurance discounts and credit toward your state licensing tests.
Wear Appropriate Gear
While helmets are still optional in some places, the statistics don't lie: without a helmet, your risk of dying from a crash-related fatal head injury rises 40 percent. Riders without helmets are also three times more likely to sustain injuries to the brain. The Department of Transportation recommends full-face helmets for motorcycle riders.
In addition to helmets, riders should wear protective clothing, such as leather and footwear that extends over the ankles. Protective eyewear should also be used.
If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact the law offices of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings today for a free case evaluation.