The weather is warming up and the bikes are coming out! As enjoyable motorcycle riding is, there are numerous dangers that we need to be aware of. Over 5,000 motorcyclists die each year in the United States due to traffic-related accidents and even more are injured. Please share this list of common causes of accidents with your loved ones to stay as safe as possible.

  • Defects in your bike could result in a serious accident. Inspect your bike each time you are about to hit the road. Review your tires, brakes, etc. and take to a mechanic if you notice any indications of issues or defects. Manufacturers and distributors are to ensure products are safe. If a defect in a product contributes to an accident, they may be liable for consequential damages. Contact Finkelstein & Partners’ experienced motorcycle attorneys if you were injured in a motorcycle accident.
  • Defects in the road pose a serious risk for riders. Keep your eyes peeled for:
    • Wet roads.
    • Debris.
    • Gravel.
    • Dangers in intersections such as residue from vehicles.
  • Are you or a friend a new rider? The first year of operating a bike is the most dangerous time period for a rider. All riders should consider taking courses to enhance your knowledge and practice safely.
  • Never ride after consuming alcohol as alcohol impairment is one of the major causes in all motor vehicle accidents. The functions needed to ride safely are greatly impacted even before reaching the BAC legal limit of 0.08. Some ability deficits include:
    • Responsiveness to hazards.
    • Staying in one’s lane.
    • Controlling speed.
    • Braking properly.
  • Be attentive to potential fixed objects that you may come in contact with. Just about one quarter of motorcycle accidents are due to collisions with fixed objects.
  • Be aware of cars who are making left-hand turns. They often do not observe motorcyclists coming in their direction or may not fully realize the motorcyclist’s speed.
  • The visibility of motorcyclists is a major cause of accidents. Some visibility tips include:
    • Wear bright clothing, jackets, helmets, etc.
    • Add reflective tape on you or your bike.
    • Avoid other vehicle’s blind spots.
    • Your taillight will illuminate by tapping your brakes in order to alert the drivers behind you.
    • High beams are helpful during the day.
  • Be a defensive driver. Never speed. Have fun.