Safety should be the top priority when operating any motor vehicle, especially a motorcycle. While the number of annual fatal motorcycle crashes is decreasing—it dropped almost 5% in 2018—the fact remains that motorcyclists involved in accidents are more likely to die than car drivers and passengers. To keep yourself safe as a motorcyclist, it is crucial to follow safe riding practices, practice handling your motorcycle in a variety of road and weather conditions, and always wear a helmet. For those who drive cars, it is also imperative to be aware of motorcyclists on the road, especially when changing lanes, making left turns, and even opening doors of your parked vehicle.
To keep yourself and others safe, always follow all traffic laws regulations. Speeding and driving under the influence are illegal practices that are among the ten most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Speeding reduces drivers’ reaction times to the unexpected, including unseen motorcycles, and increases the impact and severity should an accident occur. Additionally, driving under the influence is extremely dangerous: accidents involving an inebriated driver often end in serious injury or death, especially if a motorcyclist is involved.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, please contact Kauffman and Associates for a complimentary consultation. No case is too big or small. We can help ensure you obtain appropriate medical care and receive the maximum financial settlement possible for your pain and suffering.