Motorcycle accidents are often considered a seasonal hazard by many drivers. However, in states with warmer climates, there are riders year round. In Arizona, a recent motorcycle accident serves as a reminder that all drivers must watch for motorcyclists no matter the season.
As reported by KSWT News, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) motorcycle officer was involved in an accident with a SUV on New Year's Eve. The SUV was making a left turn when the vehicle struck the officer. The DPS officer was treated for serious injuries; the driver of the other vehicle was unharmed.
Motorcycle accidents, such as the accident on December 31, occur frequently on our roadways. Many drivers still do not see riders; this problem can be especially dangerous when drivers don't expect to see riders during the winter months.
Debunking Motorcycle Misconceptions and Safety Tips to Live By
There are many common misconceptions when it comes to motorcycle safety. These myths affect both riders and other drivers on the road and can lead to dangerous accidents and serious injuries that could have been avoidable with the proper safety measures. Some common safety myths include:
- Motor vehicle drivers ignore motorcycles - Though many drivers don't actively look for riders, most are not trying to hit them. Driver awareness of motorcycles is key, but riders should also do what they can to be visible.
- Helmets won't help you in a crash - There are many falsehoods regarding helmets, such as helmets won't protect you at high speeds and helmets reduce your ability to see and hear.
- Side streets are safer then highways or freeways - Some falsely believe that slower roadways must lead to low impact accidents, causing less severe injuries.
- A skilled driver can handle any situation - No matter the level of skill, there are always unexpected events while on the road. Even the most skilled driver will be in trouble if a car suddenly turns into his or her path.
Safety Tips for Riders
- Be as visible as possible - Wear bright colors, reflective clothing and use your high beams at all times. Don't assume that loud pipes are enough to alert other drivers to your presence.
- Wear a DOT approved helmet - Not all helmets protect equally; novelty helmets may look cool, but they won't protect you in a crash.
- Wear protective clothing - The more safety preparation you have, the better off you'll be. Wearing leathers can help save an accident victim from painful road rash and more serious injuries.
- Be aware of your surroundings - No matter what type of roadway you are on, there can be hazards, such as pedestrians, poles, other vehicles and sun glare so remain vigilant at all times to increase safety.
If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer will investigate the scene of the accident to help make your case and preserve your rights.
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