Preventing Motorcycle Accidents: Safety Tips

Motorcycles have a notorious reputation for being a dangerous form of transportation. However, they can be safe when riders and other driver’s exercise good driving habits. At Grossman Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys in Monmouth County work to keep our clients informed on the measures they should take to prevent any sort of collision, accident, or injury. The following guidelines are imperative in preventing injuries:

  • Proper safety equipment
  • Being an experienced motorcyclist
  • Being aware of your size
  • Leaving plenty of room between you and other vehicles
  • Slow/No driving in adverse weather conditions

Safety Equipment

Wearing the proper safety equipment helps to prevent injury if you are involved in an accident.  Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of severe head or neck injuries and even death.  Proper outerwear can also reduce injury to the arms and legs.

Riding Experience

Having significant riding experience can help prevent an accident from occurring. Beginner motorcycle riders are more likely to be involved in an accident because they have little to no experience. Being properly licensed and trained not only protects you, but others on the road.

Be Aware of Your Size

Many motorcycle accidents are caused when the drivers of other, larger vehicles fail to see a motorcyclist before it is too late. Although it is convenient to have a smaller vehicle that can weave through traffic, it is imperative that riders be aware of their surroundings and whether other drivers are aware of their presence. Use hand signals, light signals, and give yourself plenty of room between other vehicles to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Give Yourself Plenty of Room

Suddenly having to stop on a motorcycle is much more dangerous than when in an enclosed vehicle.  In a car, there are safety restraints; drivers and passengers are seated in a way that helps prevent a body from being thrown from the vehicle in a sudden stop or collision.  A motorcyclist, if having to stop suddenly, is at the risk for being thrown from their vehicle.  Give yourself more space between vehicles than you would in a car, and always be aware of the traffic around you.

Weather Conditions

Because a motorcycle is a two-wheeled vehicle, inclement weather conditions increase the risk of collision.  If you are driving on wet, icy, or snowy roads, your risk of skidding, sliding, or falling over is much greater than when in a four-wheeled vehicle.  It is advised that drivers use a car or truck instead of a motorcycle in bad weather conditions. If a motorcycle is the only option, driving slowly and keeping space between the bike and other vehicles is the best way to prevent any crash or injury.

Our Monmouth County car accident attorneys have the skill and experience to represent victims of motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one have recently been involved in an accident, contact our offices and we will set you up for a case review with one of our experienced attorneys.

Scott D. Grossman, Esq.
Freehold, NJ
Toll Free: (877) 99.NJ-LAW
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Phone: (732) 625-9494
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