Riding a motorcycle is a great way to get around, but for even the most experienced riders, it is not without its risks. Statistics show that motorcyclists are about 16 times more likely to be killed in a motorcycle collision than a driver or passenger of a standard vehicle.
At Carter Mario Law Firm, we’ve seen what can happen when a person is involved in a motorcycle accident. In the interest of safety, we have put together a brief list of ways that you can proactively protect yourself and reduce your accident risk:
- Wear brightly colored safety gear. Many motorcycle accidents result when inattentive drivers claim they didn’t see the motorcyclist coming. While nothing excuses this carelessness, you can do your part to avoid a potential accident by wearing brightly colored safety gear like helmets and jackets. Red, neon orange, and neon yellow are all colors that will increase your visibility on the road.
- Check your bike before you ride. Before you set out, it is a good idea to check your bike for things that could potentially go wrong. Take a moment to inspect your bike’s tires, lights, turn signals, cables, horn, fuel, oil, brakes, and mirrors. Keeping your motorcycle well maintained is a critical part of reducing your accident risk.
- Avoid riding in dangerous weather conditions. Driving in extreme weather conditions on a motorcycle is never a good idea. If the roads are slippery from rain, or if there are high winds or signs of an oncoming thunderstorm, it is best not to ride your motorcycle. Not only can poor weather result in dangerous road conditions for you, but it can also reduce visibility for other drivers, which further puts you in danger.
- Never ride while under the influence of alcohol. Regardless of what type of motor vehicle a person drives, one should never attempt to drive if they have been drinking. Not only is it illegal to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeding .08 percent, it is also highly dangerous and could result in devastating personal injury or, in some cases, fatality.
- Ride with your high beams on during the day. Riding with your lights on is another simple way to increase your visibility to other drivers. Since your lights won’t appear to shine with the same intensity during the day as they do in the high contrast of the night, you don’t have to worry that you’ll be blinding other drivers.
Carter Mario Law Firm helps motorcycle accident victims in Connecticut pursue full and fair financial compensation from negligent parties. If you have been injured and are unsure of your legal rights, contact our firm for a free evaluation of your potential case.
We’re available 24/7 when you call or text us at (203) 806-9256.