5 Tips to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
November 12, 2018
UPDATE: Michigan’s New No-Fault Law went into effect July 1, 2020. The information on this page was written prior to the change in the law and may be out of date. Please visit https://callsam.com/no-fault-law/ for updated information on the new No-Fault law in Michigan.
While it can take months or even years to recover from a serious motorcycle accident, the crash itself takes only seconds. Two seconds, to be exact. According to the Hurt Report, a detailed study of 900 motorcycle accidents, the average time from the event that initiated the crash, such as a car starting to turn across a motorcycle’s path, to the actual impact, was only 1.9 seconds.
Even those motorcyclists with quick reflexes wouldn’t have sufficient time to avoid a crash under those circumstances. And, if the driver does not immediately notice the turning car or other initiating events, an accident is inevitable.
Because motorcyclists have minimal protection from the road and from other vehicles, motorcycle accidents are often more deadly than automobile or other passenger car accidents. For this reason, safety precautions for bikers are especially important.
Basic Tips to Help You Avoid a Motorcycle Accident
1) Wear a helmet and other protective gear. Wearing a helmet may seem obvious, but many bikers choose not to wear helmets in states where they are optional, such as Michigan. Protective goggles, gloves, close-fitting long pants and jackets made of abrasion-resistant material, such as leather, can provide protection in the event of a crash or spill.
2) Stay in your own lane. Automobile drivers do not expect to encounter other vehicles in their lane, especially a motorcycle. If a driver quickly changes lanes or drifts to one side, the result could be disastrous for a motorcyclist who is sharing the driver’s lane.
3) Be aware of potential road hazards. Things like debris, gravel, uneven surfaces and wet pavement are far more dangerous for motorcycles than for automobiles. Slick surfaces can cause a motorcycle to slide and lose control, especially during turns. Try to avoid riding over wet leaves, crosswalk lines and other painted surfaces and oil spills, especially right after it rains, when roads are most slippery. Running into objects such as tire treads, branches or rocks can cause serious injury to motorcyclists and passengers.
4) Watch out for deer. Motorcycle-deer accidents are common, especially at this time of year when deer are present in many parts of the state. In 2017, almost 75% of the fatalities resulting from deer accidents were motorcyclists. Bikers should reduce speed and keep their hands on or near the brakes when riding on rural roads or wherever deer are likely to be present. For night riding, high beam lights can help visibility.
5) Never drink and ride. While driving sober should be a given for motorcyclists and automobile drivers alike, many accidents are caused by drivers who drank alcohol before operating a motor vehicle. If you drink, don’t drive. Appoint a designated driver, call a ride service or postpone your trip until you are able to drive safely.
“Because motorcycles are not considered motor vehicles under Michigan no-fault law, there is often no insurance coverage for medical bills and rehabilitation in the event of an accident,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “That is why it is important to call us immediately, before signing any insurance papers, if you or a loved one is involved in a serious motorcycle accident.”
Motorcycle law is complicated, but finding the right motorcycle accident attorney is simple. Our experienced lawyers stand ready to fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.
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