Riding a motorcycle is fun, exhilarating and addicting. Many people ride on their commute to work or simply go out for fun on the weekends. It’s an engaging hobby, to say the least.
It’s also a dangerous one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tracks the statistics and consistently finds that people are more likely to be killed in a motorcycle accident or to suffer serious injuries in one. They have offered some advice on how these crashes can be avoided.
Be a responsible, lawful rider
Don’t break the speed limit. Don’t roll through red lights. Don’t speed up to make yellow lights. A motorcycle may make you feel more carefree, but you don’t want to be reckless. Always follow traffic laws.
Become more visible if you can
Many accidents happen because drivers do not see motorcycles at all. You can combat this with reflective tape, bright headlights, and bright motorcycle gear. Many riders like to wear black and ride black bikes, but these really blend into the road. You’re far better off with a bright color like high-vis green.
Be cautious and be a defensive driver
Becoming a defensive driver is about more than just avoiding mistakes. What you want to do is to anticipate the mistakes that others are surely going to make. You can sometimes see them coming and avoid accidents or keep your distance from drivers who appear inexperienced, inattentive or unsafe.
This advice can certainly help you, but you are always at risk from those driving around you. If one of them injures you in an accident, you must know how to seek financial compensation for your losses in order to protect your future.