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Preventing Motorcycle Accidents

December 28, 2017

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim

Motorcyclists need to be very cautious when driving. Proactive riders can help avoid dangerous collisions. Preparation is key to safely riding a motorcycle. Motorcycles are at a disadvantage because they are much smaller than motor vehicles. In an accident, this means motorcyclists often suffer more severe injuries than passenger vehicle drivers. If a negligent driver injured you while you were riding your motorcycle, you should contact a Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney to bring a lawsuit for damages. Drivers who are negligent should be held accountable for their actions.

Assume drivers cannot see you.

Drivers often have difficulty spotting motorcycles while on the road. Remain as visible as possible and avoid possible blind spots such as riding in front of or behind a vehicle. Give a car space when it is merging into the lane. Let a vehicle finish backing up before you continue riding.

Keep a cushion of space around your motorcycle.

Maintaining a distance around all of your motorcycle allows you more time to respond and area to maneuver.

Enroll and complete a motorcycle safety course.

Riders of all skill levels can benefit from a motorcycle safety course. Safety training can teach you how to crash carefully, prevent accidents, and defensive driving techniques.

Be aware of obstacles in the road.

Allow yourself the proper time to avoid any obstructions in the road. Keep a watchful eye on the road. Look for oil on the road, water puddles, branches obscuring the street, and stony areas.

Avoid riding between vehicles while in traffic.

Look at the wheels of other vehicles.

You can gauge which way a vehicle is turning by looking at a car’s wheels.

Ride safely by maintaining your motorcycle.

Make sure you have your motorcycle checked often to ensure all parts are functioning correctly. Pay attention to your motorcycle and see a mechanic immediately if you hear any strange sounds or anything seems out of place. It is better to be safe than to have an accident. Do not forget regular maintenance like oil changes, tire rotation, and replacing worn or damaged tires.

Check your mirrors to see what is going on behind you.

It is easy to focus your attention on the road ahead but take the time to check your mirrors. By seeing what is happening behind you, you can avoid speeding vehicles and merging cars.

When stopping, keep your hands on your brakes.

Many accidents occur at intersections and you need to be able to stop quickly. Positioning your hands to easily access your brakes will increase your response time.

Create a space between yourself and oncoming traffic at stop lights.

Drivers can overlook a motorcycle that is stopped at a traffic light. Pull in front of the car to the front of you to form a buffer. You can also park at an intersection by stopping in-between traffic lines or beside the lane.

Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney Today.

Even the most cautious rider can be harmed during a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of other drivers or prepare for every situation. Injured riders should contact an experienced Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney to seek damages. van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim are located downtown or we can come to your home or hospital if you are immobile. We can secure a settlement that covers your injuries and expenses caused by your accident.


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