It is no secret that riding a motorcycle is extremely dangerous and could result in permanent or fatal injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,172 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2017. While driving a motorcycle is dangerous regardless of the situation, there are some preventative safety measures that can be taken to better protect yourself while riding on the roads.
What Can I Do Before Getting on my Motorcycle?
Driving a motorcycle requires different skills than operating your average car does. Motorcycle licenses are required in addition to a typical automobile driver’s license. One should spend ample time practicing in a controlled space before heading to busier roads. Inexperienced drivers can be the most dangerous.
Like any vehicle, motorcycles must be checked to ensure that everything is in proper working order. Many do not self-check their cars after taking them to the mechanic for a routine checkup. Motorcycle drivers should be taking additional measures. The NHTSA suggests checking the tire pressure and tread depth, hand and foot brakes, headlights and signal indicators, and fluid levels before riding your motorcycle.
What Equipment Should Be Worn While Driving?
In the event of an accident, motorcycle drivers are most at risk due to the lack of vehicle walls keeping them from hitting the pavement. There is no surefire way to avoid getting injured but wearing protective clothing can be the only thing between life and death. Wearing a helmet is the most important form of protection. Protecting the brain in the event of an accident is crucial. While one can recover from a broken limb, a damaged brain is normally fatal. Helmets with the letters DOT on the back meet the U.S. Department of Transportation’s safety standards.
Protective jackets and long pants are important for all riders as well. While many drivers may want to wear shorts and a t-shirt for a quick drive, those not wearing long sleeves can suffer severe damage to their skin. This often leaves permanent scarring and can require skin grafts and other extensive treatments. Boots are another protective clothing that should be worn. Motorcycle boots come over the ankle, as their primary job is to protect the ankle and provide a better grip on the sole of the shoe.
Contact a Will County Motorcycle Attorney for Help
Motorcycle accidents can be the most deadly due to the lack of protection that riders have. Illinois law requires a determination of fault for the accident. Motorcycle riders can be deemed fully or partially responsible or completely devoid of any responsibility.
At McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC, we work hard to ensure that you receive your deserved compensation in recompense for the injuries and damages that you have endured. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact our experienced Joliet motorcycle accident lawyers at 815-727-0100 for legal assistance. Free consultations.