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Tips that help motorcyclists avoid collisions

If you are like many avid riders in Missouri, there is nothing like the freedom of a motorcycle on the open road. Observing the rules of the road is imperative to staying safe and avoiding a collision with passenger vehicles. At McShane & Brady, LLC, we often represent clients injured in an accident between their motorcycle and a car or truck.

Ride Apart reports that motorcycle education is one of the most critical factors for minimizing the odds of dying in a crash. Novice riders often overlook the importance of safety gear. It can not only help other drivers see you, avoiding a collision altogether, but also prevent injuries in a crash. Here are a few additional tips that can also help you stay safer on the road:

  • Drivers in passenger vehicles often fail to see you or inaccurately judge your speed. This often results in a car cutting you off by turning left in front of you at an intersection. While it may be a distraction or inattention that causes the issue, there is also a psychological aspect. Drivers often perceive the absence of a car, rather than the presence of a motorcycle.
  • Anticipating the possible actions of vehicles around you is part of your duty as a rider. Look for indications that a car is turning. Leave plenty of room between you and the auto in front of you, slow down and prepare for evasive action
  • Winding roads and sweeping curves frequently have patches of gravel, debris and other materials. When your front wheel hits it, you may wipe out. Avoid this possibility by riding at a pace that allows you reaction time for the unexpected and enter the corner wide. Pick up speed on the way out, after you can confirm there is not cause for concern.

Being proactive and cautious can help you avoid collisions with other vehicles. Unfortunately, some accidents may be unavoidable. If you sustain serious injuries due to driver negligence, you may have grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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