Bikers know that motorcycle season is in full swing, but not everyone on the road is as aware or prepared for the increase in motorcycles on our roads. Unfortunately, with the boom of bikes on the road comes an increase in accidents and injuries. Knowing some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents and being more aware of them can help you keep the shiny side up. Here’s a look at the most common causes of Texas motorcycle accidents to help you stay safe on the road.
Drivers not checking blind spots – Motorcycles’ small size and decreased visibility make them more likely to be missed when drivers are checking openings for merging. Stay out of cars blind spots, and be cognizant of potentially merging cars.
Cornering – Many accidents happen because of misjudged severity of turns. Play it safe and corner slowly, especially in wet conditions like those afternoon Austin rain showers.
Drinking and Riding (the most preventable cause) – Make sure that you never drink and ride. Thousands of accidents occur nationwide each year because of riding under the influence. Law enforcement officials are stepping up enforcement as well, so cool off with a beer once you are back home safe, not before you get back on the bike.
If you are involved in an accident, dial 911 immediately and get assistance for anyone injured. If there are no serious injuries, photograph the crash and obtain contact, insurance and any other relevant information from all parties involved so that your claim is well documented and liability established.
If you or a loved one have been sustained injury from a motorcycle accident, contact the Austin motorcycle accident lawyers at Terry & Kelly, PLLC for assistance.
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