Preventing Motorcycle Crashes
Insight from Tampa Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
There are steps that both motorcyclists and motorists can take to prevent motorcycle-involved collisions. Riding defensively, refraining from drinking and driving, obeying traffic laws and being aware of motorcycles are all actions that can go a long way in reducing the number of motorcycle accidents, injuries and fatalities. If you would like to learn more about this subject or were involved in a collision and are interested in reviewing your legal rights with a Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer, you may be able to find the help you need at Givens Givens Sparks. We represent auto accident victims across Tampa and all of South Florida.
Rider Safety and Accident Prevention
As a rider, you can take several steps to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident. First and foremost, you can ensure you are properly trained and licensed in operating a motorcycle. The more competent you are as a rider, the more in control of your bike and the better prepared you will be to avoid collisions. The second step you can take is to ride defensively. Do not assume that other drivers can see you, and be aware of other drivers' conduct at all times. Another preventative measure is to improve your visibility to others. Wearing bright, reflective clothing and avoiding other drivers' blind spots can help you be seen, thus reducing the chances of a crash. Additional steps you can take are to obey all traffic laws and speed limits and to never drink and ride.
If you follow the tips listed above, you may be able to avoid being in an accident in the first place. Unfortunately, even an experienced and careful rider may be adversely affected by another's negligence or wrongdoing. To reduce your chances of injury, always wear a helmet and other protective gear when you ride. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics from 2011, helmets were estimated to be about 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to riders. Wearing a helmet could mean the difference between life and death.
What Other Drivers Can Do
Other drivers can also take steps to avoid motorcycle accidents. The primary way to do so is to be aware of motorcycles and to understand that riders share the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists on the road. As a driver, do not forget to look for motorcyclists when you change lanes, turn left or make other maneuvers. Motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to see than other vehicles, but we must still be aware of their presence and treat riders with the same respect afforded other drivers.
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