PKSD Newsletter: Motorcycle Safety for New and Experienced Riders
The number of motorcycle riders on U.S. roadways continues to grow thanks in part to the increase in female riders and retired baby boomers who want to give motorcycle riding a shot. While ridership numbers change, leading reasons for motorcycle accidents remain the same, according to the latest edition of the PKSD newsletter, You Should Know.
Below, you can learn how to reduce your risk of a dangerous motorcycle crash that could leave you dead or seriously injured, whether you are new to the game or have been riding for many years. The Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers at our firm can represent you if you were injured in a motorcycle crash. Call us today to discuss the next steps.
Changing Motorcycle Demographics
Back in 1998, just eight percent of the owners of motorcycles were women. Fast forward 20 years and that number has doubled. This is led to bike manufacturers scrambling to make motorcycles that can be driven by women, along with riding gear meant for women.
A disturbing trend among younger motorcycle riders is their affinity for supersport bikes. Those are the ones you see zipping down the highway with the riders hunched over. This trend is so disturbing because these are the bikes that are often involved in accidents.
Tips on Buying a Motorcycle and Staying Safe
There is no way to prevent all motor vehicle accidents, but you can take steps to make a crash a little less likely. First, you need to make sure you are riding a motorcycle you can actually handle. Younger or newer riders often try to ride bikes they simply cannot handle. A good rule of thumb is that you want a bike with controls you can easily reach and that is easy for you to get on and off.
When you actually get out on the road, you need to be a defensive rider. Assume other drivers do not see you and will not anticipate you being there – many accidents occur because drivers claim they do not see motorcycle riders. Do not follow other vehicles too closely and watch out for cars changing lanes or turning in front of you.
You should also wear a helmet, as it could save your life in a crash. If you get knocked off the bike in an accident, you could easily slam your head onto the pavement, causing traumatic brain injury.
Find Out What Our Attorneys Can Do For You
It costs you nothing to have a consultation with our lawyers and discuss your legal rights and options after a crash. There is also no risk because you will not be required to take legal action. You can decide what you want to do next.
At PKSD, our trusted attorneys have helped accident victims recover the favorable compensation they are owed under the law.