How to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents as a Rider
Texas is a wonderful place to enjoy the open road on a motorcycle. With so much wide-open space and plenty of nature to enjoy, riding a bike here is unlike riding in any other state. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents do occur in the Lone Star State. They can be both debilitating and deadly.
As a law firm representing victims of motorcycle accidents, we do what we do in order to protect the rights of bikers and their passengers. Yet we would prefer that not a single motorcycle accident ever occur. No accidents are the best way to prevent injuries, right?
There is no possible way to prevent every single motorcycle accident. But as a rider, there are certain things you can do to increase your own safety. We would like to offer a few examples borrowed from the Texas Department of Transportation website.
Wear a Helmet
Texas law requires all motorcycle riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet. If you are 21 or older, you can skip the helmet if you have either taken a safety course or you have a qualifying health insurance policy. That being said, wearing a helmet is still a wise idea. Helmets protect against potentially serious head injuries that might otherwise not end so well for crash victims.
Always Use Your Headlight
Motorcycles can be difficult for car drivers to see under certain conditions. As such, riders should always ride with their headlights on. The headlight can help even on a bright, sunny day when you are riding in the middle of nowhere. As far as the Texas Department of Transportation is concerned, driving with your headlight on is defensive driving.
Ride to the Side
Next, state officials recommend riding to the side of your chosen lane. Choose either the left or the right, just do not ride down the middle of the lane. Why? Because that’s where debris, oil, and other fluids build up. Staying to the left or right side means you are at less of a risk of losing traction and dumping your bike.
Watch Your Speed
Motorcycle accidents are most tragic when they are the result of excessive speed. As thrilling as it might be, driving down the interstate at 80 mph is just not safe on a bike. Do yourself a favor and obey posted speed limits at all times. It is not worth risking your life for the momentary thrill of going so fast.
Do Not Drink and Ride
This next tip doesn’t require a whole lot of explanation: never ride your motorcycle after consuming alcohol. DUI is a serious issue that could result in debilitating injury or even death. There is no excuse for it either. If you have had a couple of drinks, leave your bike parked and call a cab.
Take a Few Safety Courses
Finally, you can never be too safe. Avoid motorcycle crashes by taking a few safety courses every now and again. The more training you have under your belt, the safer you will ultimately be on the roads. And don’t think you do not need training because you’ve had your motorcycle license for years. Sometimes, it’s the most experienced bikers who get into trouble because they get comfortable. Safety training addresses that.
If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of being a motorcycle accident victim, consider calling us. The Majors Firm has years of experience defending accident victims. We would be more than happy to take a look at your case and advise you as to how to proceed. If you need representation, we can discuss that as well.