If you’re a motorcyclist, there’s no doubt safety should be your top priority when riding on public roads and highways. Unfortunately, there are over 500 motorcycle accidents in Nebraska every year and many of them were preventable. To avoid serious injury while riding your motorcycle, consider the following most common ways motorcycle accidents occur.
It’s no secret that many motorcyclists have a need for speed. However, speeding is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents and can result to serious injury or death. To stay safe on the road, remain aware of the posted speed limit, as well as the speed of those traveling around you. Also, take note of road conditions. Slippery, winding, dark, or hilly roads are dangerous even under normal conditions. When combined with high speeds, these road conditions can be lethal for a speeding cyclist.
Not even the most experienced motorcyclists are immune to another driver’s negligence. When on the road, never assume another driver sees you or can accurately judge your distance or speed. Always proceed with caution when riding alongside other drivers who may not be on the lookout for motorcyclists or who may be distracted in other ways, such as talking on a cell phone. And, when merging lanes, always glance first to ensure other drivers see you and that the lane is clear.
Hitting the road in bad weather can be dangerous for any driver, but especially motorcyclists who are most susceptible to hazardous road conditions. Rain and fog can limit your own visibility as well as other driver’s abilities to spot you. Windy weather could also make staying upright or straight in these conditions driving challenging.
While many motorcyclists are highly skilled, some may find themselves in terrifying situations attempting tricks and advanced maneuvers on the road. “Popping wheelies” can go from fun to dangerous in a split second and end in an unfortunate situation. If you’re a dare devil who can’t resist an adrenaline rush, always wear a helmet and other protective gear. Avoid highways and roads, and perform tricks in appropriate locations.
Injured motorcyclists may be entitled to recover damages for their injuries. However, depending on the circumstances of the accident, complex legal issues may arise requiring a skilled attorney to assist you. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, call Inkelaar today at 1-877-537-4665 toll free.