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Tips to Help Prevent Motorcycle Accidents


In 2015, nearly 5,000 people died in motorcycle accidents in the United States, which is an increase of 8.3 percent from 4,594 the previous year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than motorists and their passengers to die in a collision per vehicle mile traveled, and almost five times more likely to be injured.

Due to the fatal consequences of motorcycle accidents, both motorcyclists and drivers of motor vehicles must learn how to be proactive in preventing these types of collisions.

What Can Motorists Do?

Safety tips for motor vehicle drivers include the following:

  • Check your blind spots constantly. Since motorcycles are smaller in size compared to cars, it is easier for them to enter your blind spots without you noticing. Always be aware of approaching motorcycles, especially in a traffic jam.
  • Look before making a turn. Almost half of all motorcycle accidents involving other motor vehicles were caused by a car trying to make a left turn while a motorcyclist goes straight. Always attempt to make eye contact with motorcyclists before turning in their direction.
  • Follow the four-second rule. If you are behind a motorcycle, maintain a four-second cushion, which gives you enough time to react to unexpected situations.
  • Be nice. Always be courteous and aware of the possible dangers associated with riding a motorcycle.

What Can Motorcyclist Do?

Here are safety tips for motorcyclists to avoid accidents:

  • Wear a helmet. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37 motorcyclists would have survived crashes if they had been wearing a helmet for every 100 motorcyclists killed. Make sure your helmet is up to Department of Transportation standards and have one available for your passengers.
  • Be visible. Many motorcycle accidents occur because a motorist did not see the motorcyclist at all. Not only does it mean wearing bright or reflective clothing, but also making your presence known to other drivers.
  • Practice good riding techniques. Motorcyclists need to develop riding skills, understanding how to maneuver in different road conditions and situations. This includes handling trouble spots, braking without locking, and approaching curves.

If you suffered an injury in a New York motorcycle accident, contact our Brooklyn personal injury attorney at Belushin Law Firm, P.C. and request a free consultation today.

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