Motorcyclists treat their bikes as a natural extension of their personality. You feel the power and freedom of the open road as you roar down the highway. Unfortunately, motorcycles can also be extremely dangerous when the right precautions aren’t taken. In the event of a motorcycle accident, fatalities occur 27 times more frequently than collisions involving other vehicles (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Injuries can also result in brain damage, paralysis, and permanent disability. Our Wichita personal injury attorneys want to help you avoid tragic accidents by reminding motorcyclists of these important safety tips.
Our Wichita Personal Injury Attorneys Want to Help You Recover After a Motorcycle Accident
Check Your Bike
“Before you start a ride of any kind, check your bike to make sure everything is running properly,” says Rob Lee, motorcycle accident attorney. “Check all major systems, fluids, transmission, wheels, brakes and lights. It’s important to maintain your motorcycle regularly to avoid mechanical failures that can result in serious accidents.
Make sure your cell phone is charged. Pack a first-aid kit, water, map, and extra clothing in case of a breakdown. Are you and passengers squarely centered on the seat? Are your feet on the footpegs? Are you holding the handlebars or the rider (if you’re the passenger)? Are you all wearing a helmet for protection?
“Drive defensively and don’t take unnecessary risks. You’re not invincible,” says Larry Gurney, Wichita personal injury attorney. “Remember that there is another human being behind the wheel of every vehicle on the road. Don’t drive distracted and regularly check your mirrors. You should be aware of the traffic situation and what vehicles are around you at all times. Have an “escape route” planned in case of an emergency. Where will you go if you have to slam on your brakes?”
Respect Other Motorists
Don’t split the lanes and be courteous when someone is trying to merge into traffic. Keep at least one car length behind the other vehicle and don’t follow to closely. Maintain a safe speed and obey the rules of the road.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact the Wichita personal injury attorneys of Lee, Gurney & Hess for a free consultation. We give every client the personalized service your deserve. Our motorcycle accident attorneys want to help find a positive outcome to your case!