More than 50% of all motorcycle accidents that occur involve another vehicle (as opposed to a single vehicle accident). According to a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a collision with another vehicle was involved in 51% of the motorcycle accidents that resulted in a fatality to the motorcyclist. It should not be necessary to point out that motorcycle collisions are far more dangerous for bike riders than the other car, truck, or van that may be involved. Aside from a helmet, which is not required by law everywhere, motorcycle riders have absolutely no barricade between themselves and the outside world. This can result in heads slamming against roadway barriers, skin being scraped off by the roadway, and bodies being ejected from bikes as easily as you might toss a soda can into the garbage. One of the best ways to keep yourself safe while on a motorcycle is to be aware of your surroundings. You cannot rely on other drivers to afford you this courtesy. In fact, you should assume that they are not looking for you at all. Any seasoned motorcycle rider will undoubtedly tell you that safety on the bike has to be any rider’s number one priority.
Wear a Helmet
Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire are the three states that do not require motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Even if you choose to move to or travel through one of these states, you should keep your helmet on at all times. The helmet is what protects your brain in the event of an accident. You may be able to carry on in the absence of an arm or a foot, but a functioning brain is non-negotiable. There have been numerous scientific studies that have confirmed the effectiveness of a brand new, DOT certified helmet in the event of a crash. Putting your helmet on as soon as you mount your motorcycle should be viewed in the same light as putting your seatbelt on as soon as you get in the car. It is something that should be done each and every single time, without fail, before the vehicle even begins moving. It is a safety precaution that should be taken no matter how short of a distance you are traveling. If you are injured in an accident that ends up being the fault of the other driver but you were not wearing your helmet at the time, it may affect the losses that your personal injury lawyer is able to recover for you.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
It may seem rather obvious, but one common reason for motorcycle accidents is that riders are not always giving the road their full attention. Oklahoma has a lot of driver’s on its roads and on its highways. Being aware of what is going on around you can help prevent a motorcycle accident. It is easy to get comfortable riding around on a motorcycle and forget that you are actually running a vehicle that is capable of getting you and other people killed as well. You need to stay alert and be aware of everything around you including other drivers, weather conditions, and road hazards so that you can avoid them before they become a problem.
The attorneys here at McGuire Law Firm we have more than 30 years of experience helping people who have been injured in motorcycle accidents here in Oklahoma get the compensation that they are entitled to under the law. If you or someone that you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to receive reimbursement for things such as medical bills, lost wages from having to miss work, and pain and suffering. If you would like to receive a free consultation with one of our qualified reputable personal injury attorneys regarding your motorcycle accident case, then please give us a call at (405) 513-5658 and speak with someone in our Oklahoma office today.