Motorcycles have a very strong appeal for many people, and for good reason. They are known for being great fun while also being much more fuel-efficient than a car. What many people may not be aware of is the fact that they are significantly more dangerous than cars, and that their riders are much more likely to lose their lives than people riding in other types of vehicles. When older riders are involved, the number of both crashes and fatalities tend to rise dramatically. This may be explained by slower reflexes, more fragile bones, and weaker eyesight. Still, no matter your age, it is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid becoming one more statistic.
Some Tips to Stay Motorcycle Safe
The Eslinger Law Firm wants you to always be safe when riding your motorcycle. To stay safe and healthy on the road, follow these recommendations:
Start with a bike that fits you – Look for one that allows you to rest both feet on the ground when seated.
Don’t get a bike that is too powerful for your skill level – Today’s bikes are faster and more powerful than models of ten years ago.
Go for the antilock brakes – Antilock brakes are true lifesavers, helping riders reduce their chances of a fatal accident. If your motorcycle does not have them, it pays to install them.
Take a course – If you are a beginner or have been off your bike for many years, invest in a riding course, preferably one offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Wear a DOT approved helmet – It has been proven that riders with helmets fare better in accidents than those who do not have one on. Do not wait until you have suffered a head injury to act proactively on this matter.
Drive defensively – This includes avoiding riding in bad weather conditions, being aware of road hazards, and being respectful of other drivers and riders around you.
Perform ongoing maintenance – Always ride with lights and a horn that works. Make sure your tires are not worn and have the right amount of pressure.
Main Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents
The increase in the size of cars and SUVs, the failure of many drivers to notice motorcycle riders around them, the careless and reckless way so many people drive, and the fact that many motorcycle riders do not consider wearing a helmet as necessary are the perfect recipe for the devastating results of motorcycle accidents.
Actions to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
Nobody wants to be involved in a motorcycle accident. Should you happen to have been involved in one, it is of the utmost importance to have your injuries checked out as soon as possible after the collision. While at the scene, document everything that happened, from getting the information of the other driver including their license plate and insurance to taking pictures of the damage from every angle, and gathering witnesses’ testimonies. Also, get a copy of the accident report and contact your insurance company. Then, call The Eslinger Law Firm to begin working on your case.
Turn to The Eslinger Law Firm to Get Justice
The team of injury attorneys at The Eslinger Law Firm understands that injuries suffered while riding a motorcycle and being involved in an accident can leave you with long-term physical conditions. The cost of dealing with them, the possibility that you may end up being unable to go back to work, and the pain and suffering you might be experiencing may quickly deplete your savings and put you in a fragile financial position from which you may never recover. Working with an attorney can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Make an appointment today for an initial consultation, our attorneys will work with you to build a strong case and help you get the compensation you deserve.