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11 Motorcycle Defensive Driving Tips

Dec 11, 2019 | Motorcycle Accident

It’s an unfortunate fact: Motorcyclists are vulnerable to suffering severe injury in collisions with cars and trucks. At the Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. our motorcycle accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for your injuries if you have been hurt in a crash in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, Montgomery or elsewhere in Alabama that was not your fault. Call us today at 205-933-1500.

It’s best, of course, to avoid a crash. Below are some steps that motorcyclists can take to drive defensively and protect themselves from accidents:

11 Motorcycle Defensive Driving Tips

  1. Wear bright, reflective clothing, including your helmet. The purpose is to make you and your motorcycle more visible to other motorists, especially at night.

  2. Keep your headlight on at all times, day and night. The light helps other drivers to see you.

  3. If traffic allows, keep your distance from other vehicles. You should also avoid riding in the blind spots of cars and trucks.

  4. Assume that drivers DO NOT see you. Be especially alert at intersections. Watch for cars coming from driveways, parking spaces or side streets. Always look twice.

  5. Don’t act suddenly or unpredictably. For instance, you should avoid sudden braking or turning. Always signal before changing lanes.

  6. Use hand signals in addition to your bike’s turn signals and brake lights. Hand signals attract attention.

  7. Never ride more than two abreast in a lane. Lane sharing is a leading cause of motorcycle crashes.

  8. Avoid riding a motorcycle in inclement weather. If it starts to rain, be cautious and simply pull over until the storm passes and the roads become safe for travel.

  9. Watch for road hazards. These dangers include standing water, oil spots, potholes, uneven pavement, loose sand, gravel or debris.

  10. Keep your riding skills and abilities in mind. Don’t ride when impaired by alcohol, drugs (illicit substances or prescription medications) or by fatigue / sleepiness.

  11. Remember that a passenger changes how a bike reacts in turns and while stopping. Carrying a rider requires more skill than simply riding alone.

Contact an Alabama Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

Even the most careful motorcycle rider can get into an accident caused by another driver’s carelessness or recklessness. If that has happened to you or a loved one of yours, you may be facing serious injuries and a variety of related expenses. An Alabama motorcycle accident attorney from the Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. can help you after a crash.

If you have been in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, we can seek a proper insurance settlement or verdict to compensate you for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Call the Alabama motorcycle accident lawyers today from Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at 205-933-1500 or fill out our online form today for a no-charge, no-obligation discussion of your accident and your legal options.