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A Motorcyclist's Guide to Staying Safe on the Road

A Motorcyclist's Guide to Staying Safe on the Road

Riding a motorcycle is a great way to travel, but it can be very dangerous. The Insurance Information Institute states that motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to be involved in an accidentper mile traveled. Keep yourself safe with these tips.

  • Dress for safety. On a motorcycle, you are much more vulnerable than other motorists. In an accident, your injuries will probably be more severe because you do not have as much protection. Keep yourself safe in accidents, and also safe from flying debris, by wearing a helmet, heavy jacket, and sturdy boots.
  • Stay out of blind spots. All cars and trucks have blind spots, but semi-trucks are especially dangerous. Try to stay out of these areas, otherwise the vehicle may not see you when it changes lanes.
  • Drive respectfully. Motorcycles are fast and maneuverable, which makes it tempting to change lanes quickly, drive next to cars in the same lane, or drive on the shoulder. These behaviors are dangerous because drivers are not expecting them and may not react in time.
  • Drive defensively. Though you may do your best to drive carefully, other motorists may not do the same. Be aware of cars and trucks around you and do not to assume that they see you. Accidents involving cars and motorcycles often occur when the car does not see a motorcycle and turns left in front of it. To avoid this, slow down when you approach intersections.
  • Be careful on curves. Accelerating through curves in the road may be exhilarating, but it also increases your likelihood of crashing. Curves can throw you off balance, and they become even more dangerous in rainy or snowy conditions. Do yourself a favor and slow down.

Even if you do your best to be a safe and conscientious driver, others on the road may not do the same. After an auto accident, call Coyne Cundiff & Hillemann at (636) 561-5599. Our experienced attorneys will help you regain control over your life and recover from your injuries.

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