Does it seem like you can’t go a week without reading about a motorcycle accident in Texas?
Texas ranks third in the country for motorcycle registrations, according to Motorcycleroads.com. It’s no wonder that so many Texans want to ride their motorcycles throughout our state.
The Lone Star State is full of beautiful routes that are ideal for motorcycle enthusiasts.
However, riding a motorcycle presents many dangers. In 2015, there were a total of 8,200 crashes.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, more than 450 motorcycle drivers and their passengers were killed on Texas roads and highways that same year.
Based on the registration numbers, riding motorcycles is more popular than ever, and we don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. So how can motorcyclists enjoy their past time while staying safe?
The VanDeLoo Firm, a firm that specializes in motorcycle accidents in Plano is here with seven simple tips to help prevent motorcycle accidents.
1. Make Yourself Visible
To help ensure your safety, make yourself visible to other motorists. You need to use your turning signals as well as your motorcycle’s high beams — day and night. Also, stay visible by watching what you wear on the road. Other drivers can better see you if you wear bright, reflective gear, such as a neon jacket or vest.
2. Maintain Tires
If you own a motorcycle, one of your biggest responsibilities is to maintain your bike, especially your ties. Regularly check your tires for signs of wear, and remember to routinely check the air pressure to avoid flat tires. Maintaining your tires will help prevent accidents, especially in wet conditions.
3. Don’t Drive While Intoxicated
You’ve heard the mantra since you were a kid: “Don’t drink and drive.” Riding your motorcycle while under the influence can result in a major accident or a DUI. Do not drive a motorcycle if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Motorcyclists who have just a single drink are twice as likely to have an accident. Bottom line, it is not worth the risk!
4. Wear Proper Safety Gear
One of the main causes of motorcycle deaths is riders not wearing a helmet. However, in Texas, motorcyclists over the age of 21 are not required by law to wear a helmet. Riders older than 21 may ride without a helmet after they’ve completed a safety course or are covered by insurance.
Even though you are not obligated to wear a helmet, we highly encourage it. In addition, you should wear goggles, gloves and highly visible, thick clothing.
5. Watch for Blind Spots
We’ve all had a close encounter with blind spots. Blind spots put motorcyclists at great risk and are a common cause of crashes. Always keep an eye out for blind spots, especially when passing cars. Pay attention to other cars’ turn signals and when they change lanes.
6. Don’t Speed
On a motorcycle it’s all too easy to pass slow-moving traffic. However, quickly passing other vehicles can easily place you in their blind spot and lead to an accident. In order to minimize the risk of a collision, follow the speed limit and adjust your speed based on the weather and road conditions.
7. Use the Front Brake
This may seem like an odd tip, but the front brake can be easily underestimated. The front brake can change your speed faster than your motorcycle’s engine. If you must come to a sudden stop, use your front brake as slowly as possible in order to prevent the motorcycle from flying out from under you.
Plano Motorcycle Accident Lawyers are Here to Help
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may need to hire a personal injury lawyer to help you receive compensation for your injuries, property damage, and more.
The VanDeLoo Firm offers sound, reliable legal counsel. Amy VanDeLoo boasts years of experience successfully representing motorcycle accident victims. Allow The VanDeLoo Firm to fight for you. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your claim.