Motorcycle riding can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very dangerous. As the weather continues to get warmer, there will be more bikers hitting the road. May has been designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to help remind all drivers to share the road, and to be aware of his/her surroundings. Here are some helpful tips before you hit the pavement (not literally!):
Drive with Caution
Motorcyclists need to take precautions to protect themselves from distracted drivers. Remember to check blind spots, signal, and give plenty of notice before switching lanes. Around 67% of motorcycle accidents are due to the other driver violating the biker’s right-of-way, so it is very important to drive defensively.
Wear Protective Gear
It is important for riders to wear a helmet with a face shield and protective eyewear. Bikers who ride without a helmet are 5 times (5X) more likely to sustain a critical head injury than those who wear one. It is also important to wear protective clothing that covers your skin, so you can be protected from road rash and soft tissue injuries in the event of a crash.
Be Alert and Sober
Drinking and driving will put yourself and other motorists at risk! Even one drink can impair a driver and cause an auto accident. Being fatigued and drowsy while behind the wheel is also dangerous. Do not hit the road unless you have had plenty of sleep.
We Can Help
When driving a motorcycle, it is important the driver remains responsible and vigilant. If you do find yourself the victim of a negligent driver we can help! Contact Kaiman & Crahan, your Louisville Attorneys, at 502-771-0741 today to schedule your consultation.