According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accident fatalities were up by 10% from 2014 to 2015, and the 2016 numbers aren’t looking to be much better. There are many different factors involved in fatal motorcycle accidents, from inexperienced riders with too much horsepower to lax helmet laws from state to state. Of course one of the biggest dangers to bikers on the road in Massachusetts and Rhode Island is, you guessed it… distracted driving. This doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, so the best action to take as a biker today is to be prepared and ALWAYS ride defensively.
Tune It Up
Before heading out on the bike, make sure that everything is well-maintained and checked, and that all fluids and major systems, including braking and lights, are in working order. You can never predict and prevent all vehicle failures and breakdowns, but you can reduce the risk by maintaining your motorcycle.
Stay Seated and Protect Your Head
Always be sure that you, as the driver, and any passengers are properly seated on the bike. This means sitting squarely on the center of the seat with feet on foot pegs and hands holding handlebars or the rider. Also, make sure you and 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.
Ride To Live, Live To Ride (Defensively)
As a motorcyclist you MUST practice defensive riding. You should use extra caution at all times, and always 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.
Contact An Experienced 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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