Lindner Law LLC., Urges Drivers to Watch Out for Motorcycles
With summer comes the joy of getting the cycle out of storage, bringing out the leathers and hitting the road for another motorcycling season. Lindner Law LLC., lawyers and staff have been riding for decades and want to urge all of our clients and their families to keep an extra eye out for motorcyclists and safely share the roads with them. Lindner Law LLC., over its 40 + years in practice, has seen the tragedy of many a serious motorcycle accident and would like to offer some sobering statistics and suggestions for a safe motorcycling season.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars
- 11 percent of all roadway accidents that occur in the United States involve motorcycles
- Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes
- A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to die of a head injury than one who wears a helmet
- A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 15 percent more likely to suffer a nonfatal injury than one who wears a helmet
- It is estimated that helmets reduce the likelihood of a crash fatality by 37 percent
A 2009 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute report found that:
- More than half of motorcyclist deaths involved at least one other vehicle
- 42 percent of two-vehicle fatal motorcycle crashes involved a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle
These statistics make it crucial for all drivers to properly yield to cyclists who have the right-of-way before making left turns and to keep a watchful eye out for motorcyclists, which are often less conspicuous and visible than larger passenger vehicles. The potential effects of a motorcycle accident are far reaching. Here at Lindner Law LLC., we have seen far too many clients severely debilitated due to motorcycle accidents. In an effort to reduce motorcycle accidents and the injuries resulting from them, Lindner Law LLC., urges motorcyclists to follow these five steps to avoid and minimize motorcycle accidents.
5 Tips to Avoid and Minimize Motorcycle Accidents Suggested by Charles Hausmann, President of Lindner Law LLC., and Long Time Motorcycle Rider.
1. Take a motorcycle safety course. A safety course can benefit even the most skilled motorcyclist. The Motorcyclist Safety Foundation offers 2 courses (one for new motorcyclists and one for experienced motorcyclists) in close to 1,500 locations throughout the United States. Motorcyclists should know how to safely ride and how to react in an accident situation.
2. Constantly observe your surroundings. Motorcycles are simply harder to see than passenger cars. Therefore, you should consistently scan your surroundings for possible dangers-protect yourself-watchout for unsafe automobile drivers who may put you in danger.
- Rid yourself of distractions; e.g. cell phones, mp3 players, etc.
- Keep a good distance between you and other motorists
- Do not stare straight ahead of you; constantly check your mirrors
3. Hand positions matter. Intersections are where the most accidents happen. Be fully prepared for a stop, place your hands over both your front and rear brakes when you are approaching a stop; this will allow you to brake as quickly as possible if necessary.
4. Your position on the road matters. Position yourself closer to the side of the road you are on. If you are in the right lane position yourself closer to the right shoulder; if you are in the left lane position yourself closer to the left shoulder. This will allow you more room to avoid an accident or debris in the roadway without potentially hitting another motorist.
5. Wear the proper gear. According to the NHTSA, wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of head related injuries by 69 percent and your risk of death due to head injury by 42 percent. Your helmet should be a full-coverage helmet with a visor; this means it should cover your chin, eyes, and nose. Put simply, your face and head should be completely covered by protective materials. Additionally, you should wear protective boots with gripping soles, gloves, and either protective pants and a jacket or a protective full bodysuit. As a personal injury law firm with offices in 7 states, Lindner Law LLC., has worked with many victims of violent motorcycle crashes. We have had to fight for clients who can’t go to work anymore because of serious bodily and brain injuries. The staff at Lindner Law LLC., understands that bikers do not want to give up their life’s passion so we urge all motorists to “Watch out for Motorcyclists” and for all motorcyclists to ride safely and follow the five steps outlined in this article for a safe riding season. Go out and ride safely and enjoy the freedom of the road!