Motorcycle riders have a lot of disadvantages to operators of other motor vehicles in that they are harder to see and if a collision occurs, injuries are often more severe.
Motorcycles are amongst the few hobbies that display an entirely new breed of culture throughout the global society, however with this culture comes great risks. At the Law Offices of Gonzales & Poirier, some of our staff are experienced riders who understand the passion behind the hobby.
In the state of Arizona it is not required by law for a rider to wear a helmet, or any gear other than eye protection for that matter. The dangers of not wearing protective gear are seen to be fatal in many incidents. When riding a motorcycle the facts that should be taken into consideration for a safer ride are as follows:
- On a motorcycle you are far less visible on the road than any other vehicle, meaning there is a far greater risk of collision as a result of other vehicles not seeing you.
- On a motorcycle you are far more vulnerable to injuries. Unlike cars, where many incidents lead to fender benders and minor injuries if any, a motorcycle almost insures that at a time of collision the rider will end up on the road.
- The distribution of balance is key in riding, making it a necessity to always be aware and alert of your surroundings and their potential effects on your motorcycle.
- Road conditions can ultimately decide whether or not you are in an accident, be it the weather, gravel or potholes. If you ride somewhere where you are not familiar with the road and the conditions on it, ride alert and cautiously until you get a feel for the hazards the road may present.
The concepts listed above are all to be frequently noted in order to ride efficiently and safely but predicting an accident isn’t always possible, because of that safety gear is imperative. Although it isn’t required by law, riding should always take place with a helmet in order to avoid serious injuries or fatalities. Gloves and a jacket are also an extremely beneficial asset to anybody who rides, seeing how people on motorcycles are 35% more likely to be in an accident than a person in a car. With such a large percentage of riders prone to being in a collision the more safety gear, the better. With all this taken into account remember to ride with care and keep the rubber side down, one of them at least.
If you or a loved one has been inured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Law Office of Gonzales & Poirier at (855) 774-5400 for more information on our services or click here for personal injury help. We represent clients injured in accidents throughout Flagstaff, Arizona and if you are too injured to come meet at our office location, we will gladly come to you!