The importance of taking safety precautions when riding on a motorcycle in Ohio
Motorcycle crashes can occur in a variety of situations and are often difficult to predict. However, there is a significant amount of data that suggests that almost half of all motorcycle accidents occur at traffic intersections and are between a motorcycle and some sort of passenger vehicle. As the weather warms and summer holidays loom, the number of motorcycle accidents peak. Motorcycle accidents are particularly deadly. An accident that might just be minor property damage between two passenger vehicles could be one that turns deadly for someone on a motorcycle. Many motorcycle accidents can be easily prevented by just following some simple safety rules and not putting yourself at risk.
Why a helmet matters.
The most important thing to do every time you get on a motorcycle is to make sure you are wearing a safe and properly fitting helmet. Wearing a helmet could be the difference between life and death if you are involved in an accident. A good helmet should have a thick inner line, sturdy chin straps, and should weigh about 3 pounds. A motorcycle helmet is different from a bike helmet. A motorcycle helmet should cover your entire head versus a skullcap style helmet. Finally, know that the U.S. Department of Transportation requires that all helmets sold in the U.S. meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218, which defines the minimum level of performance that helmets must meet to protect the head and brain in the event of a crash. Manufacturers are required to place a sticker inside the helmet stating the manufacturing information. When you are buying a helmet, make sure to check for this information to know that your helmet meets Federal safety standards.
Loud pipes save lives.
If you are an avid rider, chances are you have heard this saying before. A loud motorcycle can alert other drivers to your presence and make them aware that a motorcycle is around. Making sure people notice you on the road can save your life. Wearing Hi-Viz gear, adding auxiliary lighting to your bike, and upgrading your horn are all great ways to make your presence known. Riding with a group that you know, and trust is another great way to make sure you are noticed on the road. When riding in a group, you should always ride with a group you know and trust. You never know when you could become mixed up in a group of riders that do not take safety seriously. A group that tends to show of may not understand how to handle their bike, creating a situation that could turn deadly.
Following these steps can help lower your chances of being involved in an accident but can never fully eliminate your risk. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident you need an experienced motorcycle attorney to help you protect your rights. The attorneys at Tompkins, Selph & Associates are ready to evaluate your case and get you the relief you are entitled to.
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