We covered the first 5 of 10 common causes of motorcycle accidents, and we’ll continue in this post. One thing we have learned is that each motorcyclist has their own style of riding, as well as their own philosophy on how to avoid accidents. We encourage every rider to take regular safety classes to stay fresh on different techniques, rules, regulations, and safety equipment.
6 – Your Riding Partner Does Something Stupid
How to Avoid: Riding alone is fun, but riding in groups is more fun for a lot of motorcyclists. Riding is groups can be very dangerous however if everyone isn’t on the same page. Before you go out on a ride discuss group riding etiquette and ride in a staggered formation. It’s best to ride only with experienced riders when you’re traveling in a group. Inexperienced riders should probably stay in the rear while they watch and learn.
7 – You Lock the Front Brake
How to Avoid: When something happens in front of you – suddenly – it’s normal to grab the front brake handle and squeeze hard. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes the front wheel will likely lock and you’ll go tumbling. One way to avoid this is practice, practice, practice.
Find a road in a desolate area where you won’t have distractions or any other traffic. Build your speed up to about 30 mph and brake slowly with the front brake. Do it again and brake a little faster. Then again a little faster and harder. Don’t lock the wheel, just get a feel for the mechanism. Then try the whole exercise at 35 mph, 40 mph, 45, etc.
And of course, pay attention to the road and what’s happening in front of you!
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8 – A Car Opens it’s Door
How to Avoid: Never, ever ride between cars. We know it’s tempting when they’re all stopped and you want to scoot through, but it’s very dangerous. If you can’t control the urge to do this make sure your speed is reduced. Assume every driver is a no-look nitwit because at least one of them probably is and one is all it takes.
How to Avoid: When you drive a car you might get away with one tire that’s a bit bald. Not on a bike. Always have fresh tires with plenty of tread. It’s not worth your life saving a few dollars to ride on bald tires. Reduce speed in the rain and increase your following distance. South Florida gets a lot of rain, so better yet, pull off the road when it’s raining and wait it out.
10 – The number 10 on our list of common causes for motorcyclists is actually the number one cause: Alcohol. Please don’t drink and drive. Someone needs you and loves you. Don’t do it to yourself and to them. Don’t drink and drive. Ever.
The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has specialized in helping victims involved in motorcycle accidents for over 20 years. There are special considerations involved with these cases, and you can depend on our experience and compassion to focus on your rights and your compensation for injuries and damages. Call us at 954-356-0006 to arrange a confidential consultation.