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Motorcycle Accident Prevention | Motorcycle Safety Tips | Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorney

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 5,290 people died in motorcycle accidents and that 97,000 riders were seriously injured in motorcycle accidents. These are the highest number ever recorded by the NHTSA – and is bad news for the growing number of bikers across the country.

However, there are a number of ways to minimize the number of motorcycle accidents and motorcycle injuries – and many of the tips are similar to car accident prevention safety tips.

•    Never drink and drive. An estimated 30 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve a biker with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or above. The lesson is simple: do not get on a motorcycle after drinking and never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
•    Do not speed. Another 36 percent of deadly motorcycle accidents in the US involve speeding. While motorcycles are often seen as recreational vehicles, joyrides often turn into fatal events that could have been prevented.
•    Wear your helmet. Though motorcycle helmet laws do not exist in all states, it is proven that wearing a regulation motorcycle helmet can not only save your life but also prevent serious head injuries and brain trauma. Currently, only 63 percent of bikers regularly wear a helmet.
•    Watch for rough road. Many serious motorcycle accidents are caused by flaws in the road that drivers in other vehicles wouldn’t notice. Train tracks, grooves, bridges, pot holes, and bumps can throw a bike off balance and lead to serious injuries and even death.
•    Be visible. A large number of motorcycle accidents take place when cars turn into motorcycles or drive in front of them. Use your headlights and wear bright clothing. Be aware that a car may not see you.
•    Take lessons. A significant number of bike crashes happen simply because the rider is not experienced. Make sure that you know how to properly operate your motorcycle.
Jim Keller
Partner at Keller & Keller

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