Photo of Edward P. Shaughnessy
Photo of Edward P. Shaughnessy

Safety tips from a man who lived through 2 motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | May 27, 2020 | Motorcycle Accidents |

The first thing that you often hear about motorcycle accidents is just how likely they are to be fatal. The death rate is much higher than it is for those in car accidents. This is true.

However, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do to prevent such an outcome. In reality, most motorcyclists who get into accidents live through those accidents. One man survived two of them, and he offered up some survival tips afterward. They include:

  • Wear a helmet with a full mask, as most people are facing the pavement when they impact it. A smaller helmet may look “cooler”, but it offers less protection.
  • Wear gloves. Any time you fall off of your bike, no matter the reason, you will reach out to break your fall.
  • Put on reflective clothes or bright colors so that it is easier for drivers to spot you.
  • Learn as much as you can about your bike, including what types of things may cause you to crash. Anticipating an accident can certainly help.
  • Remember that injury is nearly inevitable in a crash. Be ready for that and concentrate on trying to reduce the severity.
  • Don’t drive too quickly. In one accident, he was racing another bike and came to a blind corner, causing both of them to crash. Slowing down reduces the odds of an accident and reduces the severity of the injury if a crash does happen.

Accidents are a constant hazard for motorcyclists. If you get involved in one caused by another driver, make sure you look into your rights to compensation.