How to avoid getting into a motorcycle accident
Motorcyclists in the greater Omaha area are getting ready to hit the open road for the coming riding season. If you're just riding for the first time or are a seasoned motorcyclist, it's important to be reminded of some basic safety precautions.
First, it's always critical that your bike gets inspected before hitting the road for the season. Ensure that your brakes, wheels, exhaust, steering and lights work. If you identify any defects, be sure to get them repaired as soon as possible.
Every time you get on your motorcycle, be sure to briefly check your tire pressure, mirrors and lights. It's also a good idea to check your bike for loose bolts, leaks or other potential mechanical risks, which can occur due to basic wear-and-tear.
Never delay any routine maintenance, such as oil changes and chain and suspension adjustments.
Wear protective gear and clothing
Wearing the right clothing and gear when operating a motorcycle can provide considerable protection from road rash and other injuries associated with motorcycle crashes. These are the articles of clothing and gear you should consider before riding:
- Boots to protect your feet and ankles
- An armor-resistant abrasion jacket
- Long pants or jeans
- Eye protection, such as a faceguard or goggles
Motorcyclists should always wear helmets. Not only is it required by law in Nebraska, but a properly fitted helmet can protect you from sustaining a severe head injury. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, helmets reduce the risk of death by 37 percent and the risk of severe brain injuries by 67 percent.
Your helmet should contain a thick inner liner made of polystyrene-foam and have a sturdy chin strap to hold it in place.
Be defensive and be seen
Motorcycles are not always seen by motorists and truck drivers, especially in blind spots. What's worse, distracted driving has become a growing threat to public safety. Some drivers even see motorcyclists as a nuisance and fail to respect their right to share the road.
It's important to pay attention to what other drivers are doing, especially on congested roadways. If you notice any drivers staring at their smartphones or behaving recklessly, keep your distance.
It's also important to be as visible as possible by wearing some bright articles of clothing and adding reflective devices on your bike.
What are my legal options if I'm hit by a motorist?
In the event you are involved in a crash with a motorist, be sure to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Dealing with the at-fault insurance company can be very frustrating. Insurance companies are known to shift the blame onto motorcyclists. They take advantage of the bias that motorcyclists behave recklessly.
The attorneys at Ausman Law Firm P.C., L.L.O. know that most motorcyclists ride responsibly and use caution. We know that motorcycle crashes are usually caused by the actions of negligent drivers. Our legal team can advocate on your behalf and help maximize your compensation.
Contact us online or call our Omaha law office at 402-933-8140 to schedule your free consultation.