How to Avoid a Single Vehicle Motorcycle Accident

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Motorcycle Accident | 1 comment

A single vehicle motorcycle accident does not happen as often as a two-vehicle collision but it still happens once for every four motorcycle accidents. The usual reason is collision with a stationary object or taking a turn too fast, but more than two-thirds of it is due to driver error.

It is easy to avoid a single vehicle motorcycle accident because there is only one party involved! According to personal injury attorney, Ali Mokaram, you just need to follow a few simple rules and you should be okay on the day, every day.

1. Don’t speed. Motorcycles are inherently unstable and incredibly maneuverable, so an experienced driver would find it very tempting to go out full throttle at every available chance. The problem with speeding is that it shortens your reaction time to a split second. If something unexpected comes up, such as a deer or other animal on the road, chances are you will not be able to stop or swerve in time, and you will end up wiping out.

2. Watch that turn. In most cases, you are probably all right when it comes to turns and twists on the road, but these are the points where you are most likely to make a mistake by going too fast, leaning too much to one side or failing to recover your balance on time. Pay attention at these points most especially.

3. Avoid drinking alcohol.

4. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles. It’s pretty easy to tip a motorcycle over or make it wobble when a large vehicle like a truck zooms by. As much as possible, avoid lanes where vehicles pass on both sides. Choose the leftmost lane if there’s a shoulder; that’s the safest lane. Don’t stay on the rightmost; that’s where most vehicles exit to and merge with traffic. A wipeout on the highway will not end well for you.

5. Keep your motorcycle well maintained. If your machine works well, you can rely on it stopping when you need it to, executing turns precisely, and keeping you on the road rather than smeared on it.

6. Be visible. A single vehicle motorcycle accident all frequently occurs because other vehicles don’t see you and violates your travel space or otherwise forces you to wipe out or to swerve dangerously. Wear a bright-colored jacket, and favor chrome facings on your ride.

7. Wear safety gear. In case the worse happens and you wipe-out or hit a hedge, you should be wearing a helmet, heavy boots, gloves and denim or leather pants. Ninety-six percent of all single vehicle motorcycle accidents end up in some type of injury. If you do have a single vehicle motorcycle accident, it should at least not be a fatal one.

 

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Dangers of Riding in the Rain

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Motorcycle Accident | 1 comment

As more and more people are getting into the enjoyment of riding a motorcycle, the risks of being a rider has become more and more apparent because of the many accidents that occur. Motorcycle riding certainly has their risks and dangers, but it’s the same as driving any type of vehicle. Knowing how to prevent a motorcycle accident is the best way to protect yourself.

One the most dangerous factor that can put a rider in danger of an accident while on the road is the weather, specifically rainy weather. You can’t really avoid riding in the rain while you are on the road, but this experience does not have to be a negative one.

First thing to keep in mind when riding in the rain is the rain gear. Riders should always have it with them, just in case the weather turns sour. Wearing just jeans and t-shirt does not protect you from rainy weather – so invest in good rain gear. Find something that has water protection properties. According to the Mokaram Law Firm, there are rain gears that are integrated in regular armored riding gears; some shops even have jackets and suits that are waterproof and heated liners that are removable.

Find boots that can withstand long and heavy rains while keeping your feet dry. While leather boots can do the job, water can still seep through after long hours of riding in the rain. Find boots that can last at least 12 hours of rain, but also find something comfortable for you. And lastly, the problem of fogging and rain build up in the visor. For this problem there are products that you can apply on the visor of the helmet that can coat it in order to prevent it from fogging up. These products can last a whole day and are very easy to apply, plus they don’t damage the visor!

Being prepared for any type of weather is every rider’s responsibility. By having the right riding gears for the weather you can greatly increase your enjoyment while riding, as well as preventing you from being cold and uncomfortable. Being in the wrong mindset while riding the motorcycle can only put you at risk of getting into a motorcycle accident.

Here are some recommendations for protective motorcycle gear:

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