Motorcycle accidents 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/drugged drivers, we continue to see these numbers rise. Distracted drivers cause deadly motorcycle accidents everywhere from Interstate-195 connecting New Bedford and Fall River to Providence as well as our backroads and downtown areas. Whether you’re heading out on an epic New England road trip or just cruising up to Thayer St. in Providence for some ribs at Durk’s Bar-B-Q, make sure that you’re tuned up and alert.
Dust It Off and Tune It Up
When you’re pulling your bike out of the garage at the start of the season it’s important to give it a thorough going through. Make sure to check that all fluids and major systems, including braking and lights, are in working order. You cannot predict and prevent all vehicle failures and breakdowns, but you can reduce the risk by maintaining your motorcycle. If you’re not mechanically handy yourself, bring it to a trusted motorcycle mechanic.
Wear A Helmet!
In the majority of motorcycle accident 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.
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.
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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