Whether it’s for pleasure or as a primary method of transportation, riding a motorcycle has many pros and cons. Their fuel efficiency is unmatched by most vehicles, and they’re ideal for commuting to areas where parking is limited. But the drawbacks of riding motorcycles are well-known by most riders, with the most prominent being their lack of safety features.
Motorcyclists face extremely high risks of suffering severe and often life-threatening injuries when they’re involved in crashes. At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our Texas motorcycle accident attorneys know that riders can reduce their risks by following these three important safety guidelines:
- Gear up for every ride – No matter how far you’re traveling, it’s essential to always wear full safety gear. That includes a helmet, riding jacket and pants, gloves, and boots to protect yourself in the event of an accident.
- Assume that other drivers can’t see you – Riding a motorcycle around other vehicles is a different experience from driving a passenger vehicle near them. Other drivers aren’t always on the lookout for motorcycles, so you should never assume you’re visible to them.
- Never ride while impaired – Safe riding requires sharp reflexes and a clear mind. That’s why it’s vital to never get on your bike after drinking alcohol, taking certain prescription medications, or while drowsy.
Following those steps can make you less likely to be involved in a crash—or to be severely injured if you’re a victim—but they can’t eliminate your chances, especially when drivers are negligent. If you or someone you love was hurt by a careless driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Our legal team can walk you through your options via a free consultation today.