Hi! My name is Sam, and I started this blog to help other injured people. Before you start reading, let me tell you a little about myself. Ten years ago, I slipped on a slice of fruit in a grocery store. My leg slid out from under me, and in a freak twist, it was rendered useless. I could no longer work and struggled with intense pain every day. Luckily, I found an accident and injury attorney who was able to get me the compensation I needed to cover my medical bills and my lost time at work. However, while I waited for the settlement to come through, I had to get creative physically and financially. This blog is dedicated to anyone who is in that limbo position. I hope the posts here help you decide what to do while you wait for the results of your trial.
Riding a motorcycle at night is one of many rider's biggest fears, even for people with years of experience. Piloting a motorcycle after dark brings its own set of safety concerns, and is only made more difficult when other drivers on the road are factored in. Because it's something that a lot of riders don't have a ton of experience with, it's easy to make a mistake. Here's a look at some of the most common safety mistakes that motorcycle riders make at night.
Assuming that "loud pipes save lives"
There's a prevailing motorcycle idiom that "loud pipes save lives" -- meaning that motorcycles equipped with loud exhaust systems warn other drivers about the presence of a motorcycle, and make a bike safer. Riders who buy into this can be lulled into a false security that nighttime driving is a little safer with loud pipes, so they don't need to be as careful. The truth is though, this just isn't the case. Studies have shown no evidence to support that a loud motorcycle is safer than any other. If you're driving at night, don't assume that your exhaust system makes other drivers more aware of you.
Overriding the Headlights
One of the first things that someone riding a motorcycle learns it to look further ahead than you think you need to. "The bike will go where you look," says an old adage. In fact, riders are told to look as far ahead as possible when taking a curve, to anticipate any potential hazards. But when it comes to nighttime driving, those rules don't apply. Don't "override your headlights" as the advice goes -- or don't look beyond what you can immediately see. Looking further down the road does no good if you can't see what's there. Look as far as your headlights illuminate, and know that you'll have less time to react to a problem than you would in the daytime.
Of course, even if you make a point to take every safety precaution possible, accidents do sometimes happen on a motorcycle. If you've been in a motorcycle accident, your best course of actions is going to be contacting a lawyer that specializes in these cases. Not trusting an attorney with your case could lead to complications not just with the law, but with your insurance and doctors. An attorney who has special experience with motorcycle accidents likely knows your state's laws better than anyone else, and knows how to handle the legal side of a motorcycle crash.Share
15 January 2016