As long-time motorcycle rider, you know the dangers of the road. You have dodged more than your share of distracted drivers, avoided pot-holes, and powered through bad weather conditions. But what if the danger is not from an external source? What if the danger is somewhere in your in your bike?
Whether a Texas resident is new to riding or has many years on a motorcycle, rider safety should be a top priority. However, there are certain myths about rider clothing or bike accessories that may make it harder to keep users safe. For instance, many people believe that bikers wear leather only because it looks cool. In reality, leather offers padding and protection while riding.
If you ride a motorcycle, chances are you already know some of the special considerations associated with this particular form of transportation in terms of safety. You should know about the training it can require, the laws with which motorcyclists must comply and the steps you can take to protect yourself when you ride, like wearing a helmet.
Some very odd things can happen on the road. If we're really lucky they wind up being just near accidents. Unfortunately, for too many people around Galveston and its environs, such accidents result in accidents that leave victims seriously injured or dead.
There are few things a motorcyclist loves more than the feeling of being on the open road on two wheels. However, a motorcycle accident can happen in an instant and with catastrophic results. From life-altering injuries to deaths, motorcycle accidents claimed 4,668 lives in 2013, the latest year for which statistics are available.
In our immediate past post about Texas motorcycle accidents, we presented the position of one pundit who says two- or three-wheeled vehicles may actually be safer than cars. The foundation of the argument was that experienced, trained and serious aficionados are generally better able to avoid accidents. And, that means fewer injuries or deaths from motorcycle crashes.
It is probably safe to say that it is a generally held view that motorcycle riding is risky business. It certainly is widely accepted that if you are motorcyclist involved in a crash you are more likely to be injured than, say, someone riding in a car or a truck.
Filing a personal injury suit is one thing. Whether the matter winds up going to trial is another. A lot can happen in the course of things between those two points. Indeed, the latter mark might never be hit. A settlement could be reached before the case gets that far.
We dedicate a lot of attention to motorcyclists on our blog. Over the course of this past summer we've focused a good number of our posts on the efforts that some in the industry have been making to try to reduce the risks of serious or fatal injuries that riders and passengers face, very often from negligent drivers.
Last month, we mused about autonomous vehicle technology and wondered if there might be a self-driving motorcycle somewhere in our future. As we noted at that time, we are starting to see advances of all sorts in terms of four-wheel cars and SUVs and even 18-wheel semitractor-trailers.