Staying Safe on Your Motorcycle Means Not Trusting Drivers

On behalf of Mike Breen, Attorney at Law, P.S.C. posted in blog on Monday, July 24, 2017.

When you first purchased your motorcycle, you had dreams of riding cross-country, through miles of open road and vast landscapes. Close calls with SUVs while riding through Bowling Green were not part of your vision. Unfortunately, cars and trucks are a fact of life when you hit the road. While it is not always possible to avoid a collision with a negligent driver, there are things you can do to make your ride safer.

If you have been involved in a wreck because of a reckless driver, it is important to remember that you have rights and options. You might be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, the damage to your bike and other expenses incurred due to the wreck. Before you become a victim, follow these tips to stay safe on the road.

Keep it moving

In general, people’s eyes tend toward moving objects, especially if that object is a light. By pushing and pulling on your handlebars, you will make your headlight move. A moving light will get the attention of a driver that might be about to cut you off or make a turn in front of you, thereby alerting the driver to the danger.

Be ready with the brakes

Keep your hand over the front-brake lever as much as possible. If you are not actively engaging the throttle, you should be ready to pull the brake. The few seconds it takes to move your hand could mean the difference between some minor road rash or a catastrophic injury.

Make yourself seen

While your black leather jacket might be your favorite piece of gear, you should be considering opting for something brightly colored. Wearing conspicuous clothing will make you more visible to drivers. Also, try to wear reflective materials at night to help you stand out more from dark pavement and other vehicles.

Keep an eye on the rear

Whether you are sitting at a stop light or riding down a country road, you should always pay attention to what is going on behind you. Drivers that are texting or engaging in some other activity that takes their eyes off the road can easily rear-end you. When stopped, pay attention to your mirrors and be ready to take evasive action if it looks like an approaching vehicle does not see you.

Keep those expectations low

When you are out riding, it safe to assume that people behind the wheel will not be considering your safety when they stop, change lanes or make a turn. It is purely up to you to ride cautiously, defensively and always be prepared for the worst.

If you have been the victim of a reckless driver, you might be able to file a claim for compensation. You should not be left with expensive medical bills and a damaged bike because a driver was too negligent to be safe on the road.