Motorcycles lack the four wheels, bumpers, crumple zones, seatbelts, air bags, and metal cage of automobiles. In addition, their small size makes them less visible and places them at an extreme disadvantage in a collision with other motor vehicles on the road. This means the motorcyclist has less room for error than other motorists. Circumstances that lead to minor fender benders in cars can seriously injure or kill the biker. As motorcycle accident attorneys, we want you to ride safer by avoiding these three common biker mistakes:
Not Looking Beyond the Vehicle in Front
If you habitually maintain a safe following distance behind the vehicle in front, then you are riding more safely than most. However, that alone isn’t enough if you aren’t looking beyond the vehicle in front to assess what the traffic is doing ahead. What happens there will soon affect you. Don’t trust your well-being to reacting quickly to the vehicle in front. Look at the traffic situation beyond and anticipate in advance what you will have to do.
Failing to Wear a Safe Helmet
The most vulnerable part of your body is your head, and the skull is no protection against brain injury in a motorcycle accident. If you believe your riding skills will always keep you out of accidents, you haven’t considered the many factors that are beyond your control on the road. The biggest wild card of riding are the actions of other motorists sharing the road with you. This is why your skills and defensive driving will only take you so far. You need protection should the unexpected happen.
Use a helmet that conforms to the DOT or SNELL safety standards. Avoid novelty motorcycle helmets that don’t meet federal safety standards for crash protection. Safety considerations (if any were considered) take the backseat to stylish design with these helmets.
The motorcycle’s high power to weight ratio makes it easy to speed. High acceleration may feel exhilarating but it quickly leads to high speeds. While the phrase “speed kills” is a cliché, it is nevertheless true. Your injury potential increases with the square of your speed. Doubling your speed quadruples the collision energy that mangles both your bike and yourself. High speed reduces the time you have for reacting to unexpected road situations. It reduces your maneuverability and increases your braking distance. In short, it increases the likelihood and consequences of an accident.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, Mike Lewis Attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. We have helped motorcycle accident victims throughout the Greensboro and Winston-Salem areas. Contact us today for a free consultation.