The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle drivers. Not only that, but most of those who do die are involved in a single-vehicle crash. Motorcyclists in Texas will want to take the following tips to heart to reduce their risk for an accident.
It all starts with buying the right size motorcycle, one that lets riders rest their feet on the ground and where the handlebars and controls are in easy reach. Many motorcyclists would do well to take a motorcycle riding course. Approved riding courses can make riders eligible for benefits like insurance discounts.
It’s always a good idea to wear a motorcycle helmet; Texas requires all riders under 21 to wear one. A DoT-approved full-face helmet is best. Next, motorcyclists need the appropriate safety gear, including goggles, gloves, thick jackets and footwear that reaches at least the ankles.
Once on the road, motorcyclists should try to stay on the defensive, keeping a safe following distance and foreseeing dangerous behaviors on the part of drivers. They should watch out for pebbles, wet leaves, sand and other hazards that might make them lose traction on the road. It would be wise to avoid heading out in bad weather.
Sometimes, motorcyclists are to blame for their own injuries. However, when motorcycle accidents involve a passenger vehicle, there is the possibility that the driver was at fault. The University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research has a study out saying that in 60% of collisions involving a motorcycle and a car, the car driver is to blame. Injured motorcyclists who believe they have a strong personal injury case may want a lawyer to evaluate it and represent them in negotiations.