As attorneys who support their clients as they walk through the aftermath of an accident, we see a lot of pain and loss. Representing our clients is our passion and we always work tirelessly to ensure that they receive the compensation that is due. At the same time, we would like to spare others pain and loss that could have been prevented. To that end, we would like to talk to people who love to ride motorcycles and offer them some tips to help keep them safe.
There has been an average of 4,200 motorcycle fatalities each year over the last 7 years.
Motorcycle deaths accounted for 14% of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2017.
Riders without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and are 3 times more likely to suffer brain injuries than those with helmets.
Bikes with ABS are 37% less likely to be in a fatal crash.
Take Safety Into Your Own Hands
There is no doubt that riding a motorcycle comes with risks. The key to staying safe is to be prepared and to do as much as you can to avoid those risks.
Below are some of our favorite tips to keep you safe while on your favorite two wheels:
One of the most important things you can do to keep yourself safe is to wear the proper gear when you are heading out on your bike.
- Most important of all, wear a helmet.
- A structured, well fitting jacket will protect you from the environment and in case of falls. Carbon fiber or Kevlar reinforcements are a wise addition to any jacket.
- Gloves are important to protect your hands from bugs & rocks. They can also keep you from getting sun or wind burn.
- Long pants made from a sturdy fabric are always a good idea (armor helps here, too).
- When it comes to footwear, over the ankle boots are good, just be sure that if they have laces, they have closing straps. Rigid-ankle boots are best.
Inspect Your Ride
Before you hit the open road, be sure you take the time to inspect your bike. It is important to do all you can to ensure your ride is as safe as it can be. Take time to:
- Check your tires to be sure they aren’t under-inflated
- Make sure your lights, horns and turn signals are in good working order
- Check your oils and fluids
- Take a look at the frame to be sure it is in good condition
Give ‘em Some Space
When it comes to establishing a comfortable following distance between you and other drivers, use the two second rule. Keeping a safe distance is important for two reasons:
- It ensures you have enough stopping distance
- It ensures you have time to react to obstacles in the road
Anti-lock Brakes Stop Better
When you are riding a motorcycle and in a panic, you may instinctually hit the brakes. The unfortunate thing is that hard braking robs you of complete control of steering. ABS helps you to remain in control of steering in an emergency. The IIHS data shows that bikes that are equipped with ABS are 37% less likely to be in a fatal crash.
Be Weather Smart
Wet weather makes the roadways slippery and conditions especially unsafe for motorcycle riders. If you don’t have to ride when it is raining, it may be a good idea to stay home. If you need to ride in the rain, remember that roadways are the most dangerous right after the rain begins to fall because oil residue floats on fallen rain.
If you have been in an accident or have a loved one who has been injured, we want to hear your story. Sobo & Sobo has helped many victims of motorcycle accidents, like Austin. You can find part of his story below:
Austin was riding his motorcycle in Monroe, NY when a truck came from a side street and although Austin applied his brakes, a crash occurred.
The collision dislocated his right shoulder, fractured his left foot, and injured his left shoulder and neck. He was air-lifted to the hospital. Following treatment, his doctor told him he would not be able to straighten his arm for the rest of his life.
The crush of medical bills alone was frightening enough to overwhelm Austin and his family. The pressure of these costs and the stress they were causing made an impact on Sobo & Sobo attorney Betsy Abraham. Austin shared: “Somehow, Betsy managed to get a settlement without the delay of a trial. And the settlement was like the cavalry coming to the rescue. In the nick of time and really, really appreciated. She was great.”
If you have a story similar to Austin’s, we encourage you to give us a call us. You can reach Sobo & Sobo anytime at 1-855-GOT-SOBO.