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How to avoid motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2022 | blog

Let’s face it. Riding a motorcycle is a dangerous activity. Even though there is a strong draw to ride a bike on the open Texas roads, you trade off the safety and security a car offers. However, there are some ways that you can protect yourself from becoming involved in a motorcycle accident.

Understand that you’re at a disadvantage

Studies prove that other drivers frequently do not see a motorcycle, which often makes them at fault in a crash. Of course, this is of little comfort when you are the one who deals with the pain. Because you are starting from a disadvantaged position, it makes sense to tailor your safety precautions to this viewpoint.

First things first

You already know that the machine must be in good condition. This means working brakes and properly inflated tires. Moreover, you also know that you need to wear safety gear that starts with a helmet and continues with a denim or leather jacket and pants. Boots and gloves are also good ideas.

Staying safe on the motorcycle

From there, you need to make up your mind ahead of time how you will react in certain situations. For example, if a car turns left in front of you at an intersection, slow down and let the other driver proceed. Go a step further, and anticipate that the driver in the car ahead does not see you. When you are waiting at a light, this may be easy. When you are going with the flow of traffic, it is far more difficult.

Another common problem occurs when a motorist changes lanes directly into the space you occupy. Do not trust a driver to use their turn signal. Rather, keep an eye on the tires. When they turn, you need to get out of the way.

If, despite your best efforts, you sustain an injury while riding a motorcycle, you still have rights. After an accident in which another party was negligent, you’re entitled to just compensation. It would be a good idea to discuss your situation with a lawyer who can advise you going forward.