Q: What should I stop doing in order to prevent a Vancouver motorcycle accident?
You do not need a Vancouver motorcycle crash lawyer to tell you to avoid riding your bike while under the influence of alcohol on a slick, icy highway in the middle of the night with your lights turned off. You were not born yesterday.
You know the “common sense safety stuff” pretty well. You may even be the embodiment of best practices, in that you never drive while under the influence, you never speed, and you always wear your helmet.
If so, keep doing what you are doing. However, do not rest on your laurels.
You may still be engaging in habits that put you at risk for a Vancouver motorcycle accident. Here are a few:
1. Angry driving
You do not need to reside in a Zen-like state of calmness every time you ride to the grocery store. However, try to avoid riding when you are feeling highly charged, emotionally. While driving “angry” or driving “depressed” may not be as dangerous as driving while texting or driving under the influence of alcohol, it is still less than ideal.
2. Riding too much
The more miles that you clock on Vancouver freeways and streets, the more likely you are to get into a crash. You can make your trip safer, mile per mile, by following good safety practices, but the more miles you log, the more risk you take on.
Some of that risk you can control, but some of it—such as encounters with drunk drivers or poorly maintained highways—you cannot.
3. Driving too infrequently
Keep your driving skills up. If you never ride, or only ride occasionally, your safety skills may atrophy. You need to strike a balance.
4. Driving without reflection
Many people fail to take time to reflect on their driving experiences and learn from history. Self-reflection is often our best tool for growth and improvement. Spend time thinking about your riding experiences. Use the knowledge you gain to make yourself safer and the riding experience more joyful.
If you have been involved in a crash, a Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer at McComb Witten can help. Call us now at 604-255-9018 to schedule a complimentary 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 to find out more about your legal rights.