It’s unfortunate, but traffic accidents happen all the time. However, motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than the drivers of passenger cars, and to some extent, this danger and thrill is what attracts many individuals to motorcycles in the first place. With summer drawing to a close, many people are trying to take advantage of their final days of sunshine to get out on the road and ride, but one person’s negligence is enough to turn a simple cruise into a tragedy.
White County authorities say that two motorcycle passengers, as well as the driver who hit them were killed after a collision last week. According to the sheriff on the scene, the truck crossed into the motorcycles path, striking both riders before eventually hitting a tree. All victims were pronounced dead at the scene. (WGEM)
It is not uncommon for motorcycles to become lost in blind spots or overlooked completely, and for this reason it is crucially important for riders to know how to react in the event of an imminent collision. What follows are a few tips our lawyers collected to help motorcyclists avoid serious injuries in the event of an unavoidable accident.
If possible, don’t lay down your motorcycle-If something occurs ahead of you on the road, and you know you are going to crash, it is tempting to lay down your bike to avoid the collision. Once in contact with the concrete of the road, the metal and plastic on your bike will bring you to a stop significantly slower than your tire treads. Not only will remaining upright allow you to stop more quickly, it will also lessen the chance of serious injuries, which are very common when a person lays down their motorcycle.
Use both your front and back brakes-When attempting to stop quickly, always use both the front and back brakes to keep your bike stable. If your front brake locks up, release and quickly reapply it, but do not reapply your back brakes.
If you are thrown from your bike-There is not a great deal you can do if you fall from your motorcycle, but if it is unavoidable, you should wait until you have completely come to a stop to attempt to get on your feet. Before you do this, you should take a few moments to analyze your condition, and assess whether you could bring yourself further harm by moving under your own power. It is important to remember that you should never tuck and roll, because this can result in serious spinal cord injuries. (Motorcycleaccident.org)
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need lawyers who will do what’s best for you and your family. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience handling accident cases, and we will work to get you the compensation you deserve for the harms caused to you.