Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
In 2012, there were about 4,000 traffic crashes involving motorcycles in North Carolina alone. 3,666 motorcyclists were injured in these accidents. 160 motorcyclists were killed – a 14.3 percent increase from the preceding year. Motorcyclists are most at-risk on the road when it comes to accident injuries and death. Motorcyclists are not protected to the same extent as people in passenger vehicles. Because of this increased risk, motorcycle riders need to take extra safety precautions when riding their bikes on roads and highways. The North Carolina auto accident attorneys at Nagle & Associates, P.A. have compiled a list of safety tips that all motorcyclists should follow.
- Wear a Sturdy Helmet – As of January 2008, all motorcyclists who ride in North Carolina must wear a helmet that complies with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. National statistics suggest that there is a much higher injury and fatality rate among riders who were not wearing helmets at the time of their crash.
- Test Before You Ride – Before you hop on your bike, make sure you test its essential functions: brakes, signals, etc. Doing this before you get on the road/highway can decrease your risk of getting in a mechanical-related accident.
- Wear Durable Clothes – While there is no state requirement for what type of clothing you can wear while riding a bike, it's safer to wear durable clothes, boots and gloves. For example, wearing leather can shield your skin from harmful road rash in the event of an accident.
- Avoid Lane Splitting / Sharing – In some states, lane splitting and lane sharing are illegal. This is because it is dangerous and a common cause of motorcycle accidents. When riding your bike, remain in your lane rather than driving between cars or sharing the lane with another motorcyclist.
- Watch Out for Blind Spots – Because motorcycles are much smaller than the average passenger vehicle, they can easily hide in a driver's blind spots. Know where the common blind spots are and avoid staying there for any extended period of time.
- Steer Clear of On-Ramps – Similarly, avoid traveling in the rightmost lane of freeways/interstates where there are on-ramps. Vehicles entering the freeway may not see you as easily as they would see another passenger vehicle or commercial truck.
- Watch Your Speed – It's no secret that motorcycles are fast. Just be sure to use that acceleration power wisely, especially when riding in bad weather or near large trucks and buses.
Were you injured in a motorcycle accident? Maybe you were driving in a passenger vehicle when you collided with a motorcycle. Whatever situation you happen to be in, a North Carolina auto accident attorney at Nagle & Associates, P.A. is equipped to help. With our convenient locations throughout the state, it's easy to secure representation after your motorcycle accident. We represent clients in:
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