Rider Conspicuity and Motorcycle SafetyTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. November 06, 2012
Being noticed can be a good thing when you are on your motorcycle when it comes to staying safe on local roads in our area. Riders who take basic precautions to ensure other drivers are aware of their presence lower their chances of being involved in an automotive accident and possibly needing the assistance of a Tampa personal injury lawyer.
Forty percent of all two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle occur at the moment another driver turns left while a motorcycle is driving straight alongside the vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By making yourself and your vehicle stand out visually, you’ll be less likely to be seriously injured due to the negligence of another driver.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Incorporate reflective strips of some kind onto your motorcycle helmet. There a wide variety of reflective stickers available to suit a rider’s personal tastes, and using them is an easy way to ensure that you are spotted by other drivers.
- Wear a jacket that will help you be seen by other drivers. Brightly colored jackets are noticed much more easily than brown or black clothing. If you choose to wear a darkcolored jacket, consider adding reflective tape or bright embroidered patches to your ensemble.
- Ensure that your daytime running lights are turned on and operational. This is a standard feature of most of the newer bikes, but bikers riding older models may need to remember to use their low beams during the day.
- Consider adding a headlight modulator to your bike. These devices make your headlights appear to become briefly brighter and dimmer while you ride, which attracts the attention of other drivers. Be sure to use a headlight modulator that has been approved by the Department of Transportation.
Unfortunately, even the safest motorcycle riders run a risk of being seriously injured by neglectful driver. In the event that you become injured in such an accident, it is important to seek the assistance of a Tampa motorcycle injury lawyer who will fight for your rights.
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