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Motorcycles mean freedom and passion. Suddenly you feel unstoppable with the wind at your back and a thunderous roar beneath you. You take care to be as safe as you can. You wear the proper equipment, you follow the speed limit, and you obey traffic laws and regulations.
But not all motorcycle incidents can be prevented. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 10,391 motorcyclists (including both drivers and passengers of motorcycles) were involved in accidents in Texas in 2012. Four hundred and sixty seven motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents. Accidents happen, and though you may be a safe rider, there may not be a way to prevent them. Between distracted drivers and total lack of awareness on the road, motorcyclists are always at risk.
In the blink of an eye, the victims of a crash are overwhelmed with expensive and seemingly bottomless medical bills, as well as a difficult physical and mental recovery. Recuperating after a motorcycle incident is emotionally challenging, and the personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Hilda Sibrian will work around the clock to ensure that your journey to recovery is as smooth as possible.
When buying a motorcycle, it is important to understand how to get the bike from point A to point B safely and in one piece. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), the rider should purchase the following safety gear before riding a motorcycle:
Helmet. Simply put, this is the most important piece of equipment that every rider should own. The MSF suggests that the helmet comply with DOT standards (FMVSS 218). A proper riding helmet has a visor, a retention system (chin strap), a hard outer shell, a vent for breathing and an impact-absorbing liner. The helmet will absorb any major impact and protect the skull from any major trauma if the motorcycle gets in an accident. The hard outer shell will resist penetration and abrasion, protecting the skull from any flying parts or obstructions. The retention system will keep the helmet on the rider’s head in the correct position. Wearing a helmet will not impair the riders hearing or vision while on the motorcycle.
Jackets and riding suits. This gear will keep the rider comfortable during the ride. The MSF suggests the rider wear an abrasion-resistant fabric, like Kevlar or leather, to provide a high level of injury protection.
Gloves. Full-fingered gloves protect the rider from cuts and abrasions in a crash and will improve a rider’s grip on the handlebars.
Though a rider may strictly follow the safety guidelines, accidents do happen. In a battle between a larger vehicle and a motorcycle, the large vehicle will almost always win. Awareness and focus on the road can help prevent these possibly fatal mistakes.
Cars turning left without seeing the rider. The phrase “look twice, save a life” comes to mind when talking motorcycle safety. While it is important for drivers to be cautious of motorcycles on the road, riders cannot count on every driver to be cognizant of their actions. Unfortunately, there are drivers that text and eat and fumble with purses and other paraphernalia while driving. There is no way of knowing if a driver is paying attention to the road or her phone. Riders should be cautious of intersections and learn to recognize the signs of a turning driver. Prepare for any oncoming collision by gripping the brakes and formulating a plan for an evasive maneuver.
A car changes lanes without noticing the rider. As with the danger of going through intersections, riders should develop a sort of sixth sense and plan of action when on the highway. Riders should constantly check their mirrors and blind spots, as well as steering clear of any driver’s blind spots.
Slippery road conditions. Rainy days can be especially hazardous for a rider. While the traction on the bike is usually sturdy enough, it is important to take it slow in harsher conditions. The unpredictability of motorcycles can be heightened in inclement weather.
Alcohol-related incidents. It’s simple: Do not drink and drive.
Motorcycle accidents happen without warning, and the resulting confusion can make it difficult to decide how to best take control of the situation. The health of the parties involved should surpass any other action taken. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, take the following steps:
Immediately following an accident, you should seek medical attention. This is incredibly important for a number of reasons.
First, you need to make sure that you are physically well and stable before you can continue on with your day. Even if you feel physically stable, you may have internal injuries that are not visible to the untrained eye, or they may be masked by the shock and adrenaline running through your system.
Also, there should be medical documentation of any injuries sustained in the accident.
At the scene of the accident, you should obtain pictures of the vehicles and any injuries sustained.
You should exchange information with the other party including names, phone numbers, insurance information, and addresses.
Following these steps will enable a smooth recovery and will help the personal injury attorneys at Hilda Sibrian give you the best care possible.
We are dedicated to seeking your just compensation and working around the clock to assure that you get the best possible care after a crash. While we focus on getting your life back, you focus on your recovery. Put your troubles in the hands of an experienced law firm.
Our staff is available 24-hours a day, ready to help you whenever you need it most. For more information, call our offices in Houston at (713) 863-1515.