Whether for their fuel efficiency, the ease of finding a parking spot or just for looks, many people in Jasper, and throughout Alabama, choose to ride motorcycles. While there are a number of benefits of riding versus driving a car, motorcycles can also be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 4,900 riders killed in motorcycle accidents in 2012. The severity of such collisions is due, in large part, to the lack of protection that motorcyclists have.
At The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we realize the devastating impact that being involved in a motorcycle accident can have. As a rider, the tips discussed in this post may help you to avoid being involved in a crash, or ensure you have the best possible protection in the event that you are.
One of the most important things that you, and other motorcyclists, can do to help ensure your safety on the roads is to be a courteous driver. Weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating and riding in between lanes may be offensive to other motorists. Furthermore, this may catch an inattentive motorist unaware, and can easily result in a collision.
It can also be crucial for you to drive defensively. Even the most attentive of drivers may have difficulty seeing you on your motorcycle due to its small size. Therefore, it can be helpful for you to take extra precautions when riding. This includes watching out for vehicles that may unexpectedly turn or pull out in front of you. Additionally, keeping an eye on the roads to spot potential hazards or problems may also help you to remain safe while you ride.
Wearing the appropriate safety gear while riding can also be important. It is generally a good idea for you to wear a quality helmet that fits you properly, as well as a leather jacket. Wearing pants, instead of shorts, and closed toed shoes may also offer you some necessary protection. While protective gear may not prevent you from sustaining an injury if you are involved in a collision, it may help to reduce the severity of the injuries you suffer.
For more information about the rights of motorcyclists, please visit our motorcycle accidents page.