Be Mindful of Motorcycle Safety
Mark B. Morse advocates for accident victims
Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating way to enjoy the open road during warm, sunny days in the Providence area. It can also be dangerous. Bikers don't have the same level of protection as people in enclosed vehicles, and they can be seriously hurt in the event of an accident.
Motorcycle accident lawyer Mark B. Morse has worked with hundreds of people who were hurt in these crashes. We're committed advocates for motorcycle safety, and part of our mission at the Law Office of Mark B. Morse, LLC is to make the roads safer for bikers and motorists alike.
Here are some steps motorcyclists should take to stay safe on the road:
- Wear protective gear including helmets, goggles, ear protection and leather or denim clothing to prevent road rash.
- Keep the motorcycle maintained and conduct a maintenance check before every ride.
- Account for the conditions and be especially alert in inclement weather.
- Ride defensively and watch out for distracted or fatigued drivers.
- Be on the lookout for road hazards, which can be especially dangerous for bikers.
Here are some steps motorists need to take to stay safe on the road:
- Check twice for motorcyclists before making left turns at intersections.
- Maintain a safe following distance. Bikers often need to slow down to adjust to road conditions, and they have a shorter stopping distance than cars.
- Put the cell phone down as motorcyclists are often victims of distracted drivers.
- Be alert on warm days as more bikers will be on the road in good weather than bad.
- Always check your blind spots when merging or changing lanes.
Both motorcyclists and motorists need to be proactive about sharing the road, but it's usually the motorist who fails to do so - and almost always the motorcycle rider who gets hurt. When that happens, it's critical that you contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney right away.
Attorney Mark Morse has decades of experience representing people injured in motorcycle accidents. When drivers fail to share the road, we hold them accountable. Call 401-831-0555 today for a free consultation.