Earlier this week, News On 6 reported on a slew of motorcycle accidents that occurred in Oklahoma on Sunday, leaving four motorcyclists dead and one passenger critically injured. Although operating any motor vehicle puts you at risk, motorcyclists are more likely to sustain serious injuries if they are involved in an accident. In light of the tragic events of Sunday, we wanted to take some time to discuss a few keys to motorcycle safety.
MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE
While automobile drivers have a responsibility to share the road with motorcyclists, it is important to remember that many drivers are not actively looking for motorcyclists. A great number of accidents occur when a car driver changes into the lane of a motorcycle. The best defense to take against the negligence of other drivers is to make yourself as visible as possible. Avoid driving in the blind spots of cars or trucks, and position yourself in the part of the lane where you will be the most visible. It is also a good idea to wear bright clothing or reflective strips and to keep your headlight on day and night.
KNOW HOW TO DRIVE IN POOR CONDITIONS
As a motorcyclist, you are put at a greater risk than other drivers by bad weather and road conditions. Some of the hazards you might encounter include:
- Wet or slick surfaces
- Potholes, bumps, and uneven pavement
Some conditions, such as ice, are easily anticipated. If you do not feel comfortable riding when roads may be wet or slick, then you shouldn’t put yourself at risk. Other hazards, such a tire in your lane, are an inevitable reality. It is important for you to have a level of confidence when riding that will allow you to react safely to road hazards.
AVOID DANGEROUS MANEUVERS
Motorcycles naturally attract thrill-seekers. This appeal is not inherently bad; however, it is important to distinguish between having fun and being reckless. Motorcycle stunts, such as wheelies or acrobatic tricks, are not safe practices on public roads.
Furthermore, it is illegal to lane split in Oklahoma. When traffic is slow or stopped, it may be tempting to drive in between lanes to reach your destination sooner. Be advised that if you are injured while doing something illegal, it may make it much harder for you to get compensation.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, let the Tulsa motorcycle accident attorneys at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux help you get the compensation you need. Contact us today for your free consultation.