Spring is here, and that means that the weather is starting to warm up in the Philadelphia area. This is the time of year when thousands of motorcyclists in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States take their motorcycles out of the garage and hit the open road.
But while you are out on the roadway, whether you are in a car or riding a motorcycle, it is important to remember that motorcycles are more susceptible to accidents than cars due to their lighter weight, lack of a protective chassis and their smaller tires, which have a smaller amount of surface area gripping the ground. Motorcycle riders can easily lose their balance if they take turns too sharply or ride on uneven pavement, which can cause them to fall to the ground. It can also be difficult for drivers to see motorcyclists as they ride through traffic and into their blind spots, especially at night.
This May, make motorcycle safety a priority to aid the efforts toward motorcycle accident prevention.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
The most important way you can keep yourself and others safe on the road is to be aware of your surroundings at all times. You are one of many drivers on the roadway. Ride courteously by giving others an appropriate amount of following distance and obeying all posted traffic signals.
Other ways you can reduce your chance of being injured in a motorcycle accident include:
- Making yourself visible to others. Wear reflective clothing when riding at night and outfit your motorcycle with bright lights.
- Make yourself audible to others. Your motorcycle is capable of making very loud sounds, so use them to make yourself heard. Do not rev your engine simply for attention or as an intimidation tactic, but to alert others to your presence on the roadway.
- Never drink and ride. Alcohol inhibits your judgment and perception of your surroundings. Driving any type of vehicle while intoxicated is a criminal offense and can result in a suspension of your driver’s license, fines or even jail time.
Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates Represent Victims of Motorcycle Accidents
Even if you take the correct safety precautions, you can be injured if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. When this happens, it is imperative to immediately seek compensation and file as soon as possible for a personal injury claim. Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers at Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates have years of experience in representing accident victims. Contact us online or call offices at 215-567-6600 to schedule your free legal consultation at one of our three convenient locations.