Motorcycles are often unseen by drivers on the road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, In 2012, motorcycles made up 3% of all registered vehicles in the United States and accounted for only 0.7% of all vehicle miles traveled. Yet, despite these small numbers, motorcyclist fatalities accounted for 15% of total vehicle related fatalities. Motorcyclist fatalities increased from 4,612 in 2011 to 4,957 in 2012; and injuries also increased from 81,000 in 2011 to 93,000 in 2012.
This data makes it clear that motorcyclists are at a higher risk of getting into automobile accidents. Therefore, it is important that motorcycle riders take preventive measures to ensure that they are well prepared for roadways which are not always biker friendly.
Here are ten tips given by the Business Insider which guarantee bikers “ have the time of your [their] life and come back in one piece”:
1. Wearing a helmet - Protection from head injuries should be a motivating factor for motorcycle riders everywhere.
2. Wearing gloves - Falling off a motorcycle is a possibility and in that moment it would be a good idea to have on gloves which can minimize the damage to hands.
3. Wearing proper boots - Riding on a motorcycle requires footwear that provides protection from unexpected movements such as driving over your own feet.
4. Look where you want to go - Be mindful of where you want to go. Visualize where you plan on going, and turn your head. Your bike will follow.
5. Go slow on turns - Decelerate going into a turn to avoid spinning out and crashing.
6. Watch out for sand and debris - Motorcycles do not have as much traction as cars, so it's important to look out for hazardous obstacles.
7. Do not drink - Alcohol can be detrimental to your reaction time and can cause an accident.
8. Act like nobody has a mirror - Be cautious when driving, keep in mind most car drivers are not expecting you on the road.
9. Roll into it - Never brake too hard or accelerate too fast.
10. Never use the front brake first - This is very important when riding at high speeds. Never use the front brake first unless you want to fly off.
If you have been injured while riding a motorcycle, contact The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our experienced accident attorneys can help you ease the pain of dealing with insurance companies and piled up bills so that you can focus on recovering from your accident. Call us today at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation.