In the past years in Ohio Motorcycle accident deaths have been increasing every year. In 2013, there were 133 motorcycle accidents that were fatal. Moving ahead to 2016, that number increased to 200 deaths, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol. Since more than 5,000 motorcycles were involved in traffic accidents in Ohio in 2016 this makes it more common for motorcyclist to be involved in a fatal crash. It is important for everyone including drivers to know and be aware of motorcycles and existing dangers so the roadway can be much safer.
With the summer weather opening new opportunities to take a bike for a spin it is important for motorcyclists to be aware of faults that could cause a life changing accident. Below, we’ll go over some pre-safety bike check lists that an operator can follow before getting on a motorcycle and potentially be putting their life at risk.
Pre- Safety Bike Check List
- Tire Pressure
- Head/Tail Light
- Turn Signals
Car Driver Tips
- Don’t text and drive
- Always scan mirrors for objects including motorcycles
- Look next to you and in mirrors before changing lanes
- Drive within Speed Limits
- Slow through intersection
During every ride on a motorcycle your life is at risk. It is important to be responsible and decrease that risk by as little as possible. Simple suggestions such as the three second rule to follow behind any vehicle 3 seconds or more from each next stopping point. Also as a motorcyclist you can brake earlier, always make sure you are seen by keeping your headlight on as well as wear reflective clothing at night. Be aware of all hazards especially when approaching intersections since that is where most accidents occur. Driving a motorcycle is a big responsibility and not everyone is fit for it. If you happen to choose to be a driver or rider, please wear a helmet, and the appropriate protective gear at all times. Be safe.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an automobile accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact my office immediately. As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®