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Alexandria Lawyer Discusses Motorcycle Dangers and Safe Driving Practices
Posted on Sep 26 , 2016
Riding a motorcycle can be a great way to tour the open road. But it can also be a more hazardous method of travel because motorbikes provide less stability and coverage than automobiles. Motorcyclists and their riders tend to be more vulnerable to suffering severe injuries than those in passenger cars or trucks. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), federal data for 2014 estimates that the fatality rate was roughly 27 times higher per mile traveled for motorcycles than for cars. It is the responsibility of every driver and motorcyclist to exercise care and caution. Below an Alexandria lawyer offers a few tips to help promote the safety of everyone on the road.
- Stay alert and keep an eye out for motorcycles. Due to their smaller size, sport bikes and touring motorbikes are harder to see. For this reason, it is important to drive carefully when you are operating a motorcycle or when you are driving a car or truck near a motorbike. However, the reality remains that crashes are typically the result of human error, such as reckless actions or inattention. If a distracted or drunk driver hits you and causes you an injury in Alexandria, a lawyer can help you hold them accountable.
- Slow down in construction zones and bad weather. Some circumstances can increase the risk of a collision, and while we cannot control dangerous road conditions, we are able to adjust our driving to help prevent an accident. Lowering your speed and limiting additional noises and distractions when driving through heavy rains or areas under construction can increase your level of awareness and your ability to stop suddenly and avoid hitting another vehicle or motorbike.
- Always wear a helmet. Whether you are the driver or rider, you should put on a helmet when on a motorcycle. Head and brain injuries are some of the most traumatic and deadly consequences of motorcycle wrecks. The IIHS reports that helmet use is effective at preventing motorcycle deaths and head injuries. In 2014, 36 percent of people who sustained fatal injuries in motorcycle accidents were not wearing a helmet.