As much as Philadelphia motorcycle riders want to believe differently, they tend to be invisible to many car and truck drivers. More accidents involve another vehicle running into the biker because they just didn't pay attention to its presence. Injuries can be extreme and many times the motorcycle rider is killed because of the lack of another driver's attention. Many riders have been thrown from their bikes resulting in major trauma, even if a helmet was worn. It has been said that a helmet won't help prevent injury to the head at average highway speeds.
Even so, there are specific proactive steps a biker can take to reduce the risk of being hit by a car while riding.
Always burn Headlamps
While riding a motorcycle, it is very helpful to stay visible. By burning the headlamps, even in the daylight hours, it draws attention to the presence of a bike to other drivers. Seeing something out of the ordinary, such as lights turned on during the day, alerts vehicles to look closer and become aware of a motorcycles presence.
Consider purchasing flashing Headlights
After-market lights are available for motorcycles that provide for a constant flashing of the headlights. Much as an ambulance or police car, the flashing lights alert drivers of cars and trucks to something in need of attention. Simply by seeing the flashing lights causes other drivers to snap out of an oblivious state of driving.
Riders need to always be in a defensive mode when driving so as to anticipate the careless habits of other vehicles on the road. Never tailgate and when someone else is doing the tailgating, the biker needs to change lanes or pull off the road to let the inconsiderate driver pass. Assume other vehicle don't see your bike and stay as visible as possible. This could be wearing brightly colored vest.
In the event of an accident, quick thinking could save your life. There may be times to lay the bike down and skid to safety in order to avoid a direct collision. Risking severe road rash is preferable overhead trauma. As well, understanding that jumping off the bike before an imminent collision can result in less injury than being thrown by an impact. Careless drivers will always be on the road and motorcycle riders need to beware and stay alert. You can't always avoid being the invisible rider, but steps can reduce the risk. Retain a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer if you have been involved in an accident.
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