Lever & Ecker, PLLC May 17, 2022 Personal injury
A motorcycle provides a cost-effective, fuel-efficient, and enjoyable mode of transportation. While motorcyclists across the United States greatly enjoy riding, there are also significant dangers associated with riding, particularly around other motor vehicles. Motorcyclists have far less protection than drivers and are substantially more likely to suffer life-threatening harm in an accident.
The National Safety Council states that there were 5,579 motorcyclist deaths in the United States in 2020. Given how vulnerable motorcyclists are, riders must take the necessary precautions and safety measures to prevent severe injuries in an accident.
The four A’s of motorcycle safety are meant to help riders remember and consider their health while operating their vehicles. Your health should be your main priority when riding a motorcycle. The four A’s offer you guidelines for motorcycle safety:
Many motorcyclists learn to ride from a friend or family member. Still, a professional instructor will ensure you understand the specific mechanics of your bike, how to safely operate on the road, and what defensive measures you may need to take in the event of a collision. A strong and well-rounded understanding of how to operate your motorcycle will assist you in all situations. Even experienced riders may benefit from another instructor or class discussing motorcycle safety.
Keeping a level head in stressful events like collisions, high traffic, hazardous weather, and mechanical malfunctions is challenging. However, when you take a few moments to calm down and evaluate your situation, you may find yourself able to solve the problem faster and without causing any harm. A motorcyclist should never ride while angry or upset and must always be aware and conscious of others on the road. Taking these precautions will significantly reduce the likelihood of an accident.
Everyone on the road must abide by the rules and traffic flow. Weaving in and out of traffic or breaking traffic regulations will put riders in dangerous situations. Even when you are late to a meeting or wish to get home as quickly as possible, remaining grounded and giving yourself space will help limit the possibility of an accident. Staying proactive instead of reactive in your riding is an essential aspect of motorcycle riding.
Given motorcyclists’ vulnerability, staying aware of your surroundings is essential when riding. With close proximity to other larger vehicles, riders are vulnerable to many dangers. Paying attention to the space between cars, changing weather conditions, and traffic patterns can save your life on the road. Awareness is vital for your overall well-being and safety when operating a motorcycle.
Your health and safety is your main priority when riding a motorcycle. Keeping these four guidelines in mind while riding may give you the tools to overcome unexpected situations on the road.
Whether in the city or the countryside, New York motorcyclists have numerous riding opportunities. While a rider may take all the necessary precautions, they might find themself in a dangerous situation because of another person’s negligence on the road.
If you suffer severe injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our professional motorcycle accident lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC. With over 60 years of combined experience advocating for our clients’ rights, our team of award-winning lawyers will provide you with the best possible outcome of your claim.