Here at Vanguard Attorneys motorcycle safety is our chief concern. It is our hope that every biker takes the proper precautionary measures before riding because we know these steps can mean the difference between an enjoyable ride and a fatal motorcycle accident. Below is a list of tips to help ensure your motorcycle safety when you hit the roadways.
• Always wear a helmet with a U.S. DOT label.
– Helmets decrease the chance of a head injury by 69%.
– Helmets saved over 1,800 riders’ lives in 2008.
• Never drink and ride.
– 46 % of all fatal motorcycle accidents are alcohol related.
– Having any alcohol in your system increases the risk of crashing by five times.
– Bikers in fatal crashes are 2.5 times more likely to have consumed alcohol than passenger vehicle drivers.
• Avoid other vehicles’ blind spots.
– The majority of motorcycle accidents occur because the bike is in a vehicles blind spot.
– The car or truck driver usually did not even see the motorcycle prior to the accident.
• Drive Defensively.
– Motorcyclists need to be particularly observant at intersections because the many motorcycle accidents occur there.
– Florida bikers must keep their eyes on the roadways and be prepared for any unexpected hazards.
• Never Tailgate.
– Cars can stop at a shorter distance because they are much more stable and have the grip of four tires.
– Riders should follow the “Three Second Rule” when behind other vehicles, allowing the distance of approximately one to two cars between the motorcycle and the vehicle ahead.
• Perform a motorcycle check before each ride.
– A quick visual check usually takes about 30 seconds to one minute to perform.
- Check tires, lights, oil levels, turn signals, chains and brakes.
• Always wear protective gear and clothing.
– The right articles can reduce the risk of injury and help protect motorcyclists from adverse weather.
– Bikers should always wear protective eye wear, gloves, long pants, durable jackets and boots that cover the ankle.