The topic of motorcycle accidents made it into the International spotlight this week as actor George Clooney collided with a station wagon while riding a scooter to the set of his TV show Catch 22 in Sardinia, Italy. Though he was released from the hospital with minor injuries, this high profile accident highlights the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of motorcycle safety to a global audience, and reminds us that no one is immune to motorcycle accidents.
On a local level, motorcycle crashes involving other vehicles account for more than half of motorcycle accident deaths throughout Massachusetts and Rhode island and due to factors like distracted driving and drunk drivers, we continue to see these numbers rise. Motorcycle accidents can occur on major highways like I-95 & I-195 as well as our backroads and downtown areas of cities like New Bedford, Seekonk, Providence and Warwick. Before you head out on that epic day trek out to Cape Cod, or even just a cruise to grab some grub over at Ed’s Famous BBQ in Fall River, take a look at these tips to help avoid motorcycle accident injuries.
Pay Attention and Ride Defensively
As a motorcyclist you MUST practice defensive driving (riding). You should use extra caution at all times. It’s not far-fetched to assume that all vehicles around you are being operated by distracted drivers. Defensive riding is intended to help keep you focused on the road, raise your awareness of your surroundings, and prepare you for a fast reaction to avoid a potentially fatal motorcycle crash.
A List of Defensive and Safe Driving Skills and Practices
- Avoid distractions, including mobile phones and other devices.
- Aim high when looking out over the handlebars at the road.
- Keep your eyes moving, meaning don’t just stare at the road ahead; check mirrors and other views frequently.
- Leave yourself an out; this means anticipating what would happen if you had to swerve or slam on the brakes.
- Position both hands firmly but comfortably on handlebars.
- Never drive while feeling drowsy or sleepy; pull over at a rest stop or other safe place to take a break and get some real rest.
Always Wear A Helmet!
In the majority of biker fatalities the victims were not wearing protective head gear. It has been proven time and time again that helmets save lives! Make sure you and your passengers are always wearing protective helmets. It may not be the law in every state, but it’s common sense for safety. Make sure to check out the helmet laws in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Hire An Experienced Massachusetts & Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver please contact The Law Office of Dussault & Zatir to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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