Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2014 – Riding a motorcycle is never really safe, but the number of miles ridden does help when it comes to experience handling a bike.
“Even though riding a hog is a cool thing to do, bikers are 30 times more likely to be killed in a crash than someone in a car. In most cases, it is the speed that kills, particularly when it comes to younger sport bikers,” says Austin motorcycle injury lawyer, Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna.
Laying a bike down to avoid hitting another vehicle is one of the worst moments a biker can have, but it may be necessary to save their lives. It involves split second timing, knowing the extent of their riding skills and the performance ability of the motorcycle. When someone shops for a ride, they need to keep a few pointers in mind. “The first one is to not buy more bike than you are able to handle. Bikes have changed drastically over the years and if you have ridden before, but have been away from it for a while, use caution, and find a bike with anti-lock brakes. ABS is a lifesaver in a crisis,” adds Lee.
For those who have not been riding for a long time or are just learning, practice, practice, practice and keep on practicing. Take a motorcycle safety course. No one knows everything there is to know about bikes and there are always new things to learn when it comes to safety. “Safety also dictates using a helmet, whether you like it or not,” explains Lee, “because if you ride without one, you are 40 percent more likely to sustain a fatal head injury.”
The choice of gear a rider wears is also critically important. Think bugs, wind, road debris, and road surface. Always buy clothing that stands out and is brightly colored to enhance visibility. Be on the alert and extra vigilant for drivers making sudden lane changes, swerving all over the place and pulling out without looking. Distracted driving is an epidemic. Watch. Look. Wait. Anticipate.
Avoid bad weather, do not tailgate, stay well behind any moving vehicle and before any ride, check and double check all operational parts of the motorcycle. “And that includes belts, lights, horn, brakes, signals, tires and anything else that needs to be gone over with a fine tooth comb,” adds Lee. “I don’t want to see you in my office, but if you arrive here after being in an accident with another vehicle, we need to go over all your ride preparations and talk about how the accident went down. More often than not, it is the driver at fault for not paying attention to ‘all’ the traffic around them,” outlines Lee.
Lee, Gober & Reyna
11940 Jollyville Road #220-S
Austin, Texas 78759