Since springtime means motorcycle season has arrived for millions of riders across the country, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The pleasures of riding are abundant, but the dangers are all too common as well. More than half of all motorcycle accidents involve another driver, and Vista motorcycle accident attorney Zev Rubinstein knows the other driver is most often at fault.
There are things you can do to improve your odds while riding, as well as things you can do as the driver of a car to avoid getting involved in a crash that can lead to litigation.
If you ride:
- Always wear your helmet. A properly fitted helmet is your best defense against brain injury or spinal cord injury in the event of a crash.
- Use your brakes. Often, riders downshift instead of applying the brakes; while this is great for performance, it does not tell the drivers behind you that you are decelerating.
- Position yourself for visibility. Wearing high-visibility gear and staying out of driver’s blind spots can make a huge difference.
As a driver:
- Keep alert. Pay close attention to your blind spots, and remember that motorcycles can appear as if out of nowhere because of their small size.
- Beware of distance perception. Motorcycles can seem like they are much farther away than they are due to their small size. Remember they are closer than they seem.
- Keep a safe distance. If a rider makes a mistake or conditions cause him to fall, be sure you are far enough back to avoid hitting the motorcycle—and the rider.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, please call The Rubinstein Law Group at (855) 365-9955 today for a free consultation. Mr. Rubinstein serves clients in Vista and throughout Southern California.