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4 Motorcycle Safety Tips from an Austin Injury Lawyer

By Luke Dow on February 24, 2016

Motorcycles may be thrilling to ride, but collisions with other vehicles are often devastating,  According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 4,381 bikers lost their lives in 2013.

Motorcycles are less stable than passenger cars, and they are difficult to see. These factors and more make motorbikes particularly dangerous to ride. Survivors of motorcycle crashes often face lifelong disabilities and overwhelming medical bills. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash that another driver caused, then you may be entitled to compensation to pay for your losses. Contact the Luke Dow Law Firm to discuss your legal options. Luke Dow is an accident attorney in Austin who can evaluate your case and guide you through the claims process.

Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. Until then, here are four tips that can help you stay safe on a motorbike:

  1. Brake Properly
Ride Apart reminds bikers that the most important safety feature on a motorcycle is the braking system. However, using the proper braking technique is crucial.

Inexperienced bikers often lose control while braking. You must stop the motorcycle in a careful, controlled manner. Practice in an empty parking lot before you hit the road.

Drive slowly and tap your brake gently. Get a sense for how the bike responds. When you feel your front tire tighten or the back one lift off the ground, you can gradually increase the speed at which you brake.

Novice riders should start by mastering the braking technique at slow speeds. Those with more experience should practice braking at maximum force.

  1. Overtake Properly
Riding a bike requires a different skillset compared to driving a car. Overtaking is one of the most dangerous moves a biker can make.

A split second’s hesitation or error in judgement can have devastating repercussions. Be ready to respond to any action that another driver may suddenly make, and move laterally so you can see ahead.

  1. Always Be Ready to Brake
Your timing is vital for braking safely. In fact, your finger should always be on the brake lever, particularly when riding in a busy city like Austin.
  1. Control Your Speed
Just like driving a car, motorcyclists have to maintain speed control at all times. Other drivers must know what to expect. If you change speed suddenly, drivers will have no time to react and adjust to your behavior, which can lead to a crash.

Keep your speed controlled and consistent when merging onto highways, and adapt your speed as traffic patterns change around you. Never go faster than the speed limit.

If you were injured by a negligent driver while riding a motorcycle, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an accident attorney in Texas who can handle the legal side of your lawsuit so you can focus on recovery. He has a comprehensive understanding of Texas injury laws and the litigation experience to represent your interests if the case goes to trial. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.




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