Motorcycle Accident Tampa: What you Can Do to Prevent One
Getting into a motorcycle accident is every rider’s greatest fear. No one wants to get hurt, and no one wants to damage their bike. Unfortunately, the road is full of perils for even the most experienced rider. In the worst of circumstances, there is nothing that a rider can do to prevent an accident from taking place. Oftentimes, however, there are steps that a motorcycle rider can take to avoid becoming the victim of an accident. Having represented countless victims, motorcycle accident Tampa attorney Brian Hoag has seen just about every cause for an accident imaginable. What follows are a few of the most common accident causes and what you can do to avoid them.
A Car Changes Lanes into You
One of the dangers of riding a motorcycle is that many drivers are not looking and do not expect to see motorcycles on the road. Motorcycles also take up less space and have a higher likelihood of ending up in other drivers’ blind spots.
You should always actively try to avoid being in other drivers’ blind spots. Also, try to anticipate when other drivers around you are going to change lanes. Check for turn signals, driver behavior, and other indications that a driver may be preparing to turn into your lane.
You Try to Take a Corner Too Fast
This common cause of accidents is entirely preventable. Always look ahead and try to discern the path that the road takes in front of you. If you have time to see a curve coming up, then you have time to drop to an appropriate speed.
If you enter a corner too fast, try not to brake too abruptly drop the throttle. Focus on where you need to go, and maintain a smooth arch around the turn.
The Roads are Wet and Slippery
The first and foremost thing that you should do to prevent accidents caused by slippery road conditions is check to make sure that your tires are not worn down. If they are, then you should be able to maintain control as long as you stay at a reasonable speed and drive smoothly and carefully. Also look out for patches of oil, manhole covers, and other surfaces that may become more slippery when wet.
You Have Been Drinking
The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is also the easiest to prevent: alcohol consumption. There is nothing cool about riding a motorcycle while intoxicated. The motor skills, reaction times, rational thinking, and everything else required to safely ride a motorcycle are all impaired while under the influence of alcohol. Head the advice of an experienced motorcycle accident Tampa attorney, and call a cab.
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a motorcycle accident Tampa personal injury attorney, but in the event that you are, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.