There are many reasons why motorcyclists have catastrophic injuries as a result of a collision with another vehicle. In Dallas, Texas, where there is a large population of motorcyclists, local residents are aware of the risks involved in riding a motorcycle. The vehicle itself offers little protection to its rider, unlike a car, which is equipped with seatbelts and protects the driver inside a metal frame. Because of this, riders should be more cautious whenever they operate their vehicles. They may also read some tips that will help them to avoid motorcycle accidents and injuries.
Riders can prevent accidents by learning essential skills, such as how to use brakes correctly, especially front brakes. A properly functioning front brake is critical. It can help a person to avoid collisions as long as that person knows how to use them. Riders can learn how to use the front brakes by practicing in a vacant parking lot. They can ride their motorcycles at 30 mph and try to apply the brakes once they have ridden a certain distance. After applying the front brakes, the rider may feel the motorcycle's rear wheel lifting off the ground. With practice, riders can use those brakes to avoid collisions by making an emergency stop.
Another tip for riders is to avoid riding between parked cars and an active traffic lane. There is a good chance that the people inside the vehicle may open the door without checking to see if there is a passing motorcycle, which can result in an accident. Avoiding a parked vehicle is the best way to prevent such accidents.
Riding responsibly not only prevents motorcycle accidents, it also protects riders from liability. A motorcyclist who is injured in a motorcycle accident may be entitled to compensation if the accident was due to the negligent or reckless behavior of another person. The accident victim may wish to file a personal injury claim and seek damages from the responsible person.
Source: Rideapart.com, "10 common motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them," Wes Siler, Aug. 12, 2013