If riding a motorcycle, remember these key factors:
- Wear the Proper Protection. This means—you guessed it—wear a helmet! (Head injury is reduced by 69% and the risk of death is reduced by 42% if a helmet is worn.) You should also have arms and legs covered with a thick material like denim or leather. You could even wear bright or reflective colors to be more visible to other drivers.
- Ride Responsibly. Don’t ride recklessly! Don’t turn “Evil Knievel” on the highway, it puts you and others at risk. Obey traffic signs, lights, road markings, follow the flow of traffic, and be aware of your surroundings. Remember to drive not just for yourself, but others around you. When you are obeying the laws and the other driver is reckless, or at fault, that is where cases are won.
- Don’t Ride Under the Influence. First, it’s illegal to drive under the influence, and by doing so you could forfeit any claim you may have should you be involved in an accident. Secondly, alcohol and drugs can severely impair a person’s driving ability. Studies show they make a person less alert and reduce their reaction time which can affect throttle control and a person’s ability to shift gears. Again, the best thing you can do is to follow the laws of the road to ensure your safety, the safety of those around you and to ensure should the unspeakable happen — you’re entitled to compensation.