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Motorcycle Accidents

The popularity of riding a motorcycle is attributed to the low initial cost of a motorcycle, good fuel efficiency, and use as a pleasure vehicle.

Because motorcyclists have little protection once an accident does occur it is important for the motorcyclist to do all they can to avoid an accident and to reduce the risks of injury. Motorcycle riders should exercise extreme caution in anticipating another motorists’ conduct, conducting a safety check of their motorcycle, not riding at certain times, and by wearing protective clothing to minimize injuries. Although helmets can save lives, motorcyclists have little else to rely on should a crash occur.

Important Safety Reminders for Motorcyclists

Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. (Arizona Law – An operator or passenger of a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle who is under eighteen years of age shall wear at all times a protective helmet on the operator’s or passenger’s head in an appropriate manner.)

If the helmet has no face shield, wear goggles too. (Arizona Law – An operator of a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle shall wear at all times protective glasses, goggles or a transparent face shield of a type approved by the director unless the motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle is equipped with a protective windshield.)

Protect your body from abrasion in case of a spill by wearing a leather jacket, long pants, leather gloves, and boots. At night wear clothing with reflective strips.

Drive defensively; motorists often don’t see a motorcycle until it is too late. Even if you have the right-of-way at an intersection, slow down and be prepared to stop or swerve. Never weave in and out of traffic, and never pass a vehicle on the right. Look well ahead so that you can avoid sand patches, potholes, obstructions, and animals.

Check your rear-view mirrors often, especially when you stop at an intersection. If you see a car approaching rapidly, tap the brakes repeatedly to make the brake light flicker.

Be sure that the tires have sufficient tread and are properly inflated.

Keep your motorcycle in good repair. Read the owner’s manual and follow all recommendations.

Make sure you are properly trained when riding a motorcycle. Motorcycle safety courses are offered by various organizations. Ask your motorcycle dealer for details.

If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured in auto accident, or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you receive full and fair compensation. Contact our office today for more information. There is never a consultation charge to talk to an attorney at Busby, Bell & Biggs

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