Preventing a motorcycle accident with safety first

What are some of the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents? If you’ve been in one recently, you may know that a driver who is distracted can be a cause of accidents, as can damaged roadways and even pedestrians. How can you stay safe, though, in a world that is so dangerous for motorcyclists? Once your case is settled and you’re ready to head back out onto the road, you may want to consider some of these tips. While your accident wasn’t your fault, you may be able to prevent yourself from getting hurt in the future.

First, brush up on safety techniques and crash safety. There are ways you can avoid a collision that could help you reduce your risk of injury. Wearing the right gear, like a leather bodysuit and the right helmet, can also help you stay free from injuries like road rash or concussions. Your motorcycle suit will also have some padding, which can help your body absorb the impact of the road.

If you’re driving and see a car to your right, don’t wait to see if it plans to pull out in front of you. If that driver doesn’t see you, it will be too late to stop. Instead, be the person to prevent the accident. Slow down, wave and make eye contact.

Whatever you do, make sure that driver knows you’re there or make sure you’re prepared to stop to prevent a collision. The driver may be distracted or even think he has enough time to pull out before you get to where he is; don’t let his mistake result in your injuries or death.

Source: Ride Apart, “10 Common Motorcycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them,” Wes Siler, accessed Feb. 24, 2016