Three Motorcycle Safety Tips from a Vancouver Accident Attorney
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
British Columbia roads are extremely dangerous for bikers. So, how can you make the experience safer? Following are three time-tested, statistically proven ideas:
1. Wear a helmet that meets the highest possible safety standards.
Every motorcycle rider knows that you are supposed to wear a helmet. If you don’t, then you are making a choice, and you will have to live (or not) with the consequences.
However, what many riders do not know is that all helmets are NOT created equal—not by a long shot.
A full-face helmet—ideally with chin-guards—made from road-tested high quality materials can offer much more protection than vintage models considered road safe 20 or 30 years ago.
Is it really worth it to invest hundreds of dollars to get a little extra safety advantage? In a word, yes. In a way, buying helmet is a lot like buying insurance. Hopefully, you will never have to use it. The reason you get insurance (or wear helmets and engage in other safety practices) is to minimize catastrophic risk. Paying a few hundred dollars for a state-of-the-art helmet may not pay-off if you never get hurt. However, the cost of skimping is ridiculously high.
2. Practice emergency maneuvers.
When things go wrong on the road, your subconscious mind takes over.
Your ability to survive a scary road event will largely depend on your routine driving habits. You do have conscious control over those patterns, however. So practice! Practice whipping the wheel around. Practice sudden stops, so you don’t fly over the handlebars. Practice riding in different weather conditions. Get sharp, so you can handle anything the road throws at you.
3. Find safe riding companions.
Human beings are social creatures. If you “get in with a bad crowd,” you will subconsciously emulate their behavior. To prevent disaster, find riding companions who abide by excellent safety practices. You will become more like them and will be less likely to get into crashes.
If you have already been in a serious accident, take action now by connecting with an experienced Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer at McComb Witten. Call us now at 604-255-9018 to schedule a free case evaluation. You may also wish to download a free copy of our report entitled Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim.
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