Driving on Wisconsin roads means being at risk of an accident at any time, but if the mishap happens on a motorcycle, you have a greater risk of serious injury. However, the tips outlined below can help you avoid motorcycle accidents. If you were in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, our Kenosha motorcycle accident lawyer could help you receive compensation.
The faster you ride your motorcycle, the less time you have to slow down in an emergency. For example, going well above the speed limit could make it difficult to avoid a large pothole or debris in the road. These things can be a severe hazard to motorcyclists, so staying within the speed limit is best. If it is raining, you should slow down even more.
One of the most common motorcycle accidents is being rear-ended at stop lights and stop signs. Unfortunately, some drivers simply do not see the stopped motorcycle. If you are about to stop at an intersection, you should pull over to the side of the road and flash your brake lights. Also, when you stop, you should look behind you to see when a car approaches; keep the bike in gear so you can move if the car looks like it will not stop.
Rugged motorcycle gear protects you from road debris, road rash, and the elements. You should always wear a DOT-approved helmet, leather jacket, pants, gloves, boots, and goggles. While you may be too warm at times in full motorcycle gear, you also are much safer if there is an accident.
Never assume that other drivers can see you on your motorcycle. It is estimated that 75% of motorcycle accidents happen because other drivers did not see the motorcyclist. You can stay visible by always having your headlight on, wearing bright-colored clothing, and avoiding drivers’ blind spots.
It is never safe to tailgate, especially on a motorcycle. It is safest to stay at least four seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. This lets you stop safely in most emergencies. You also should plan an escape route when approaching traffic, such as driving onto an available shoulder if you cannot stop in time.
You can never be too safe on a motorcycle, and one way to do that is to improve your riding skills with motorcycle riding courses regularly. You can learn to avoid collisions, turn safely, and brake safely.
It is an unnecessary risk to share a lane with a car. Car drivers do not expect a motorcyclist to share a lane with them; they may not be watching for you or see you when you switch lanes, which could lead to a severe accident.
If you were hurt recently in a motorcycle accident involving another driver, you should have your case reviewed by an attorney. Contact our Kenosha motor accident lawyer at The Law Offices of John V. O’Connor at (262) 605-8400.