Thousands of motorcycle accidents occur each year in the United States and many of these happen throughout Rhode Island. The small size of motorcycles, combined with the negligence of many other drivers, can create disastrous and long-lasting consequences for bikers.
One of the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents is because other drivers fail to watch out for them on the road. This can happen on freeways, at intersections, and even on residential streets. One study found that 75 percent of motorcycle accidents involved collision with another car, usually a passenger vehicle.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, injuries can range from minor road rash to serious muscle damage. While many injured motorcyclists are eager to get back on their bike right after an accident, it is important that you do everything you can to prevent a similar incident from happening twice. Motorcycle safety is crucial and with spring right around the corner, this is the perfect time to brush up on some common safety tips.
How can I stay safe on my motorcycle this season?
Safety can start even before you get on your bike and hit the road. If your motorcycle has been in storage for a few months, take the time to give your bike the once-over. Check the lights, brakes, and oil. Assess your tires and replace them if necessary. It is even important to adjust your mirrors and make sure your cables aren't worn out.
Next, ask yourself if you have the right gear. Motorcycle gear can be expensive but purchasing high-quality pieces is an investment you'll be reaping the benefits from for years. Pick a helmet that fits well and will protect you even in the most serious falls. Ensure that you have gloves, boots, and clothing specifically to be worn when you ride.
When you're on the road, do your best to exercise caution and interact well with other drivers. Avoid tailgating and always use your signals, even when you think it's unnecessary. Abide by the speed limit, don't weave through traffic, and make sure other drivers can see you.
If you do get into an accident, contact our firm right away. Our Providence motorcycle accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience and are uniquely qualified to represent you.