Posted: October 4, 2013
Although you can’t control the actions of other drivers, knowing how to ride defensively can help you minimize the chances of getting into motorcycle accidents that can result potentially serious or life-threatening injuries. By following these safety tips, motorcycle riders can do their best to protect themselves while riding:
- Always wear a helmet that has been approved by the Department of Transportation – Regardless of whether your state legally requires you to wear a helmet when you ride or whether you are only riding a short distance on your motorcycle, wearing a DOT-approved helmet can ensure that your head is protected in the event you are in a collision.
- Wear protective gear and clothing – Wearing protective long-sleeve shirts, jackets, pants, boots and gloves can help reduce the level of injuries that motorcycle riders may sustain if they are involved in any type of collision.
- Do NOT ride after drinking alcohol or taking drugs – While it is illegal to operate a motorcycle when intoxicated (i.e., when your blood alcohol level is equal or greater than 0.08), it’s also not wise to ride even after drinking one or two alcoholic beverages, taking certain prescription medications and/or taking certain over-the-counter medications. Even the slightest level of impairment can slow your reaction times, which can have devastating results if you are involved in an accident.
- Try to stop others from riding when they are impaired – It’s unsafe for any impaired rider to be on the road, and taking measures to try to stop other impaired riders from operating their motorcycles can save lives.
- Obey all traffic laws – When riding, do not operate the motorcycle aggressively or disobey traffic laws by running red lights, tailgating other drivers, speeding, etc. Any of these actions can cause larger vehicles to crash into motorcycle riders.
St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and are currently in need of a Missouri or Illinois personal injury lawyer, contact the St. Louis motorcycle accident injury lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation, including motorcycle accident lawsuits. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. One of our primary goals is to help accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses so they can focus on their recovery and moving on with their lives. For a free initial consult, email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at 573-333-3333 for our Missouri office or at 618-888-8888 for our Illinois office.