Toledo, OH (PRWEB) April 26, 2013
The weather forecast reported by 13 ABC News includes warm weather and sunshine. This is the perfect weather for motorcyclists to get their bikes back on the roads. With motorcycle season beginning, the Charles E. Boyk Law Offices wanted to share simple tips on how both drivers of vehicles and motorcycles can reduce their risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident.
Drivers can reduce their chances of being involved in an accident with a motorcycle when they follow the below safety tips:
1. Watch your blind spot – since motorcycles are much smaller and thinner than the average vehicles on the roadway, they can be more difficult to spot. It is imperative to check your blind spots when merging, switching lanes, or turning.
2. Practice a clear distance – stay true to the three-second rule when a motorcyclist is in front of you. If weather is bad, increase the distance to six-seconds.
3. Watch for groups – motorcyclists often travel in packs. If you see one motorcyclist near you on the road, be aware that you may see more.
Motorcyclists can reduce their chances of being involved in an accident, as well as reduce their chances for injury by following the below safety tips:
1. Obey traffic laws and signs – Obey the traffic laws and signs specific to the roadway you are traveling down, just as you would if you were a full size vehicle.
2. Do not speed – if traveling at high speeds, a motorcyclist significantly increases their chances of being involved in a serious accident.
3. Turn headlights on – whether it is dark or light out, headlights can help other drivers to notice your presence on the roadways.
4. Wear protective gear – while helmets are incredibly important to ensure the safety of a motorcyclist, so is other pieces of protective gear. Wear motorcycle boots, leather chaps, jackets and gloves to help protect against the elements, as well as road rash in the event that you are involved in an accident.