Some motorcycle accidents can be avoided if the rider has the right skills and avoids mistakes says Boca motorcycle accident lawyer Joe Osborne.
Riding a motorcycle is fun but dangerous. An accident involving a car may result in minor injuries or could cause severe injuries or death if the other person is riding a motorcycle. Some accidents are unavoidable, caused by negligent drivers of other vehicles. Other accidents might be avoided or their consequences lessened if a motorcyclist has the right skills and takes precautions says motorcycle accident lawyer Joe Osborne. RideApart has many suggestions (and lots of videos) for motorcyclists to ride safer.
If you’re a new rider complete a basic rider course and if you’re experienced there are advanced rider classes as well. Wear a helmet and wear bright colors to make yourself more visible.
A Vehicle Takes a Left In Front Of You
This is the most common motorcycle accident and caused by negligent, inattentive, distracted drivers. You can try to avoid it by preparing for it. Are you approaching an intersection, driveway or garage sale? Is there a gap in traffic that someone may want to suddenly fill? Are front wheels turning in your direction? Look around you to see if you have space for evasive action. The article advises against “laying down” the motorcycle but instead reducing as much speed as possible if a collision is unavoidable.
Gravel On A Blind Corner
If you’re riding around a corner suddenly there may be gravel or sand in your path causing you to lose traction and control. To avoid this slow down when approaching a corner so you can safely take action to protect yourself and if it’s safe accelerate out of the corner.
Entering A Corner Too Fast
You think you won’t make it around the corner without going off the road. To prevent this, don’t speed. Use visual clues like telephone poles and signs to get an idea of a road’s direction. If you’re in this situation try to ride it out. Look where you want to go, be as smooth as possible on the controls, don’t hit the brakes, chop the throttle or do anything that may upset the bike and cause a loss of traction. Don’t panic. Try to hold that lean angle, look for the corner exit and ride it out.
A Vehicle Changes Lane Into You
Be aware of vehicles’ blind spots and get out of them as quickly as possible. If you can see a driver’s eyes in their mirrors, they should be able to see you (if they look). Be aware of the overall situation. Is traffic slowing and those in one lane are going faster than the other? Are turn signals being used, wheels turning, a car wandering across the road?
You come to a stop but the driver behind you doesn’t see you or is going too fast to stop in time. If you’re at an intersection you could, nicely, pull in front of a car (or line of cars) and use them as a barrier to anyone coming from behind. To be more visible you could also pull to the side of the lane and rapidly flash your brake light by tapping a brake lever, keep the bike in gear and your right hand on the throttle. Be aware of what’s going on behind you and of situations like bad weather, poor visibility or late nights when drivers are more likely to be fatigued or intoxicated.
No matter how safe a motorcyclist can be there are situations caused by negligent drivers where motorcyclist can be seriously injured or killed. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Boca motorcycle accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 293-2600 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries