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How to Be Safe on The Road: Avoiding Motorcycle Injuries

Brawn Media - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

At Harding Law, we’re concerned about the number of motorcycle accidents on the roads today. Tragically, as many as 80% of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death. When we compare this to about 20% of car related accidents causing injuries, we see the need to help educate everyone on riding safely.

    Please consider the following safety tips before your next ride:
  1. Be properly licensed. One out of four motorcycle riders (25%) involved in fatal crashes in recent years were riding their bikes with invalid licenses at the time of the collision.
  2. Never drive after drinking. 43% of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes had BAC levels of .08 or higher.
  3. Wear brightly colored clothing. Make yourself more visible by wearing reflective material on your clothes, helmet and even the motorcycle. A high percentage of car-vehicle crashes occur because the driver of the other vehicle “failed to see the rider in time to avoid the crash.”
  4. Watch the road surface and traffic ahead to anticipate problems. Hazards include potholes, oil slicks, puddles, debris or other objects on the roadway, ruts, uneven pavement, and railroad tracks.
  5. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you’re entitled to compensation for lost income, hospital bills, doctor visits and medications, short or long-term disability and pain and suffering. At Harding Law, we’re ready and waiting to help.

    We’ve handled myriad cases of motorcycle accidents, helping injured people get the resources and compensation they’re owed. Contact Harding Law to step in on your behalf and provide you with the support and compassion you need.