9 Jun 2015

By Jividen Law Offices, PLLC

In Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycles are a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air while still being able to transport yourself to and from work or when running errands. There’s something unique about riding a motorcycle that is hard to replicate when transporting yourself in any other way. As wonderful as riding a bike can be, without the metal cage that a car or truck is able to provide, you may also find yourself facing a serious personal injury in the event of a motorcycle accident. As the summer months approach, the personal injury lawyers at Jividen Law Offices, PLLC have compiled some tips aimed at protecting your safety when on a motorcycle.

How Can I Protect Myself on a Motorcycle?

Bike riders do not have the built-in protections that other vehicles have, which means that extra precaution must be taken. On a motorcycle, you do not have an airbag protecting your body in a collision, but rather may find yourself coming in contact with the road at 70 miles per hour.

Here are some ways you can stay safe on your motorcycle:

  1. Wear a helmet.
  2. Anticipate the actions of cars and whether they can see you.
  3. Ride smartly depending on the weather.
  4. Avoid distracted driving.
  5. Invest in motorcycle shoes, gloves, and other gear.
  6. Take a motorcycle safety course.
  7. Avoid riding under the influence.
  8. Keep your motorcycle well-maintained.
  9. Know the limits of you bike and remain within them.
  10. Abide by the rules of the road.

Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be serious or even fatal. Unfortunately, many car drivers do not take the time to share the road with motorcyclists, cutting into lanes or failing to check their mirrors to see if they can do so safely. When you have been harmed in a car accident, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for your injuries.

According to data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, most motorcycle accidents involve a single-vehicle collision on highways. There are numerous factors that can contribute to this, but the information is clear- if you ride a motorcycle in West Virginia, keeping yourself safe is of the utmost priority. If you or a loved one are harmed in a motorcycle crash, you have the dedicated help of an experienced injury attorney in West Virginia. Our firm is by your side. Get us started with a free case consultation to discuss how we can help you.