There are a number of factors that make a motorcycle accident much more likely. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, failing to control a motorcycle, speeding, inattentive driving, alcohol usage, and drowsiness are the most common factors that lead to motorcycle accidents. Since motorcycle riders lack the protective framework of a car, truck, or other passenger vehicle, they are much more likely to be injured in a crash, whether it involves another vehicle or stationary object, such as a tree or telephone pole. Therefore, motorcycle riders should take some simple precautions in order to reduce their risk of injury from collisions.
Motorcycle riders always should wear protective gear, including a safety-approved helmet. One out of every five motorcycle crashes results in head or neck injuries. These injuries can be very severe and even fatal. Wearing a helmet helps reduce the risk of head and neck injuries. Furthermore, most motorcycle crashes tend to happen when riders are only traveling a short distance, which is also when riders are least likely to wear a helmet.
The safest policy is to wear a helmet every time you ride, no matter how short the distance. Additionally, other protective gear, such as boots, gloves, full-length pants, and long-sleeve jackets, also help protect other parts of your body in the event of a wreck.
You also should take other basic precautions, such as the following:
- Wear visible clothing so that other drivers always can spot you.
- Communicate with other drivers by using your turn signals and brake lights as needed.
- Allow enough space between you and other vehicles, especially when passing.
- Slow down, especially when rounding curves.
Boller & Vaughan are experienced Madison personal injury lawyers who know Wisconsin law and know how to effectively represent your interests in any personal injury claim that you might have, whether it involves a motorcycle, semi-truck, or a passenger vehicle. Call our office today and learn how our attorneys can help ensure that you receive the compensation in your case to which you are entitled.