Motorcycles often get a bad rap for being dangerous and sometimes deadly vehicles to drive. Unfortunately, they often live up to that reputation.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the number of deaths due to motorcycle accidents was 26 times higher than deaths due to car accidents in 2013.
On the flip side, though, many motorcycle enthusiasts ride across the country for years without any tragic accidents or injuries. Motorcycles can be fun vehicles to ride and are extremely fuel efficient.
But if you’re looking into getting a motorcycle or have recently started riding, knowing how to stay safe should be your top priority. If you’re a motorcycle rider, then these three tips from the Colorado motorcycle accident attorneys at The Babcock Law Firm are for you:
3 Tips for a Safer Ride:
- Find a Motorcycle That Fits You
Motorcycles have a wide range of sizes, so you want to make sure you feel comfortable on whatever bike you choose. If it feels too big and heavy, it probably is. You should be able to easily reach everything and be able to put your feet flat on the ground.
- Helmets are NOT Overrated
Remember how your mom always yelled out “wear your helmet!” when you told her you were going on a bike ride? Even though you’re an adult, you should still listen to her. According to government findings, wearing a helmet decreases your chances of dying in a motorcycle accident by as much as 37 percent.
- Be a Defensive Driver
Over half the time, car drivers are responsible for motorcycle accidents that happen with other vehicles. People get distracted. People text and drive (despite the fact that it’s illegal). People make poor decisions. Always be aware of what’s around you and leave plenty of space for reaction time.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you’ll want a skilled Colorado motorcycle accident lawyer to help you navigate your case. Contact Mack Babcock at The Babcock Law Firm today for a free consultation.