February 12, 2010

Avoiding a Motorcycle Accident

If you are a motorcyclist, remember this: your vehicle is small. If you drive a standard motor vehicle, remember this: motorcycles are small. Minimal visibility is one of the main things that lead to motorcycle accidents occurring.

The road is filled with drivers who are used to seeing standard-sized vehicles on the road and therefore these drivers are more prone to looking out for vehicles of this size or bigger. This is called immediate association and it can be deadly. When drivers sees a motorcyclist, they may look past him or her and only see the road in front of him or her.

Motorcyclists who are involved in a car accident should seek medical attention immediately. Upon receiving medical attention, he or she should also seek legal attention. A well-established lawyer will be able to help a victim receive compensation for any medical bills or other damages that arose due to the accident.

Here are a few items for motorcyclists to help avoid an accident in the future:

-Give warning: Others drivers must know ahead of time whether you are braking, turning, or are facing an emergency. Drivers have a hard enough time trying to see motorcycles on the road, so make sure to use your lights to send a message.

-Be visible: This can mean anything from using your headlight to wearing bright-colored clothing. Whatever you think may be able to help you stay noticed on the road will help.

-Do not make sudden turns or movements: Motorcyclists should know which traffic decisions they will make ahead of time. His or her motorcycle may come to a "wobble" if he or she brakes or turns suddenly.

-Stay focused: Riding a motorcycle means balancing your bike while balancing road conditions. If you are ride a motorcycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may not be responsive enough to avoid an accident.

-Keep your distance from all objects: This should be practiced especially at night. Drivers are more likely to notice motorcycles that have a lane all to themselves or have a distance between themselves and other vehicles.

-Wear proper gear: Remember, you do not have a seat belt. In the event of an accident, you may become airborne and will need the protection of a helmet or other safety gear.

For additional resources regarding motorcycle accidents and legal aid available for victims of auto accidents, contact the Lake Geneva motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.

Joseph Devine

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