5 Common Motorcycle Habits That Could Put You at Risk
You are searching for a reputable motorcycle accident lawyer because a car hit you at the intersection of Oak Street and 41st Avenue and gave you a serious head injury. You want compensation and justice for what you have gone through. However, as you work through your accident, be sure to review your own habits to make sure that you don’t repeat your mistakes.
Which of the following five “bad habits” are you guilty of?
1. Riding without your helmet
Fifty percent of all motorcyclists (in Vancouver and beyond) do not wear helmets. Riding without a helmet puts you at heightened risk for traumatic brain injury, a broken spine, contusions, and other serious medical problems. If you don't wear a helmet regularly, fix that bad habit! You will gain an instant safety advantage.
2. Riding with inadequate, old, broken, or defective safety gear
You need good safety gear, such as a faceplate, sunglasses or goggles, and sturdy riding clothes. Accident prevention is a numbers game—anything you can to do to lower your odds of getting hurt is a good idea.
3. Driving while fatigued or angry
When you drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or destructive emotional states, your performance degrades, and you are at a higher risk of getting hurt or hurting others.
4. Driving at less than peak performance
Most riders know to avoid doing stupid things (like drinking and riding). However, very few riders take their safety seriously enough to “get in the zone” every time they ride. Unfortunately, many people ride while somewhat distracted by their own thoughts. As a result, they perform less than optimally. Give your full attention to driving.
5. Driving an overly loud bike
If your bike is too loud, you may not be able to hear other cars and emergency sirens.
For help dealing with your motorcycle crash, email the attorneys here at McComb Witten to schedule a free case evaluation.
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