Commuting on your motorcycle may be thrilling, but it is one of the most dangerous ways to travel. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorbikes are less stable than other vehicles and riders are less visible, which makes them more vulnerable to accidents. In 2013, at least 4,000 bikers died tragically on American roads; many more suffered crippling injuries.
If you were injured in a motorcycle crash that a negligent driver caused, contact a New York City accident lawyer from Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, health-care bills and other damages. Our attorneys have more than 75 years of combined experience negotiating personal-injury claims.
Call 212-221-5999 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also visit the USAttorneys website to learn more about accident claims in New York.
Here are four driving tips to improve your safety on motorcycles:
- Practice Braking Technique
Careful, controlled braking can save your life on a motorcycle. According to Ride Apart, brakes are the most powerful safety features on your motorbike, but you need practice to use them properly. You should fine-tune your braking skills in a safe area – especially if you are an amateur rider.
An empty parking lot is an excellent environment for practice. Start by braking gently while driving slowly. You should continue until you feel the back tire lift slightly off the ground or until you feel your front tire about to lock.
Gradually increase your braking speed as you become more comfortable. Experienced riders should practice using the bike’s maximum braking force because it may prove useful in the future.
- Perfect Proper Overtaking
For motorcyclists, overtaking is among the most hazardous maneuvers to make. A split-second mistake can have catastrophic consequences.
Always approach other vehicles cautiously. Be prepared for any action the driver could make. Keep a safe following distance and move out laterally. This will allow you to see ahead. You should only overtake when the road is clear and it is safe for you to do so.
- Brake at the Right Time
Timing is paramount for safe braking. If you are zipping around fast back-roads or riding around town, then you should have one finger on the brake lever at all times. This way, you can hold the bars and use the throttle.
- Control Your Speed
Adjust your speed according to the road conditions and context. When merging onto busy highways, control your speed so you can fit safely into the gap.
In traffic, match your speed with the traffic patterns around you. Many accidents are avoidable if riders drive at the same speed of other vehicles. However, do not travel over the speed limit because this increases the likelihood of losing control.
If you were injured due to a negligent driver, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. A New York City accident lawyer can handle the legalities of your claim so you can focus on recovery. Call 212-221-5999 to schedule a consultation.