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A Vancouver Injury Lawyer Shares Motorcycle Crash Prevention Tips


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5/14/2013
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Our Vancouver motorcycle crash attorneys are committed to promoting motorcycle safety. To that end, we have compiled a list of motorcycle safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.

 

Developing better motorcycle safety practices is like developing a better golf swing. Focus on one or two good habits at a time. Once you have mastered those habits, tackle a couple more, working towards continuous improvement. Consider the following tips:

 

  • Turn on your headlamps, even during the day.
  • Wear reflective clothing.
  • Clearly signal your intentions on the road—make big gestures and signal your turns clearly and crisply.
  • Pay attention to your bike’s position relative to other cars and trucks—particularly trucks.
  • If you are positioned in a blind spot or behind a large truck, other vehicles cannot see you. Don’t just pay attention to your space, think about how other drivers might or might not see you.
  • It is more dangerous to drive at dusk than it is to drive at night. This is because drivers are in the process of getting used to driving with less light. Some drivers take longer than others do to adjust, both psychologically and physically, to lower light conditions.
  • As it gets darker or conditions get wetter, leave more space between your bike and the next vehicle.
  • Small dings and dents in your bike can be huge hazards. If your face shield is scratched, for instance, the sun can glare through those scratches, creating blinding reflections that can cause a Vancouver motorcycle crash.
  • The faster your speed, the bigger the gap should be between your bike and the vehicle in front of you. If you are going 40 miles per hour, leave at least a two-second space cushion. If you are going faster, leave even more time.
  • Protect yourself from distractions. You want to pay attention to the road, but “stuff” will constantly conspire to steal that attention away. Maybe you will daydream. Maybe a provocative billboard will distract you. Be on the lookout for distractions, both internal and external, and reel in your attention.

 

The motorcycle safety tips listed above will help keep you safe on your bike. However, if you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, getting to the root of what caused your crash and what you can do about it may not be so simple. Fortunately, the experienced team at McComb Witten has the resources, knowledge, and investigatory skills to build a great case for you. Contact a Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer at our office now for a free consultation at 604-255-9018. You may also wish to download our free report, The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know!



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