Tips for Motorcycle Safety

In honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Minneapolis personal injury attorneys at GoldenbergLaw are pleased to offer some basic motorcycle safety tips that can help keep you and your passengers safe. However, even the safest motorcyclists cannot always prevent an accident. If you are injured in one of these accidents, we encourage you to call 612-436-5026 to speak with one of our attorneys and learn more about your options.

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Before your ride:

  • Adjust all mirrors and check to ensure the bike is free of damage
  • Check turn signals and brakes
  • Put on safety gear including helmet, boots, long pants, gloves, and a leather jacket

The Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates that helmet use saves over 1,500 lives every year. While not required in Minnesota, wearing a helmet is always a good idea.

While riding:

  • Allow for a two vehicle gap between you and those in front of you
  • Follow the speed limit and all traffic signs and signals
  • Use your signals and check all mirrors before switching lanes

A leading cause of motorcycle accidents is larger vehicles failing to cede the right of way to motorcyclists. Be sure you have room to maneuver before switching lanes.

Common sense:

  • Do not drink and drive
  • Do not swerve in and out of traffic
  • Do not engage in aggressive or violent driving behaviors

Again, even if you are the safest and most courteous motorcyclists, there is no way to fully protect yourself against the poor choices and negligent behavior of other motorists. If you have been the victim of an irresponsible driver, please contact GoldenbergLaw, PLLC right away to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. We welcome motorcyclists from Minneapolis and all surrounding areas of Minnesota.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Minnesota, call (612) 436-5026 to learn more about your rightsMay is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – a perfect opportunity for motorcyclists and those with whom they share the road to consider behaviors that can lead to motorcycle accidents and serious injury. The Minneapolis motorcycle accident lawyers at GoldernbergLaw encourage you to recommit to safe driving habits this month, protecting yourself and others from injury or death in these all too common accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,586 motorcyclists lost their lives and 88,000 were injured in accidents in 2013, the latest year for which full statistics are available. This is a 6{73438c93b9a6e6bfc5cd31bf6578637c675720219417f2f1a65e7c8e6c24cfa4} decrease in fatal motorcycle accidents since 2012 and the first decline since 2009. The NHTSA reports that over the past 17 years, serious and fatal injury to motorcyclists has typically risen on a yearly basis.

Perhaps this recent decline is due to increased awareness of motorcycles on the road. Perhaps it is due to an increased commitment to safety. Regardless of the cause, any decline in injury is reason to celebrate – just not cause to forget the dangers motorcyclists face when driving among larger vehicles.

The best way to protect yourself against injury in a motorcycle accident is by wearing protective gear. While helmets are not required for people over the age of 18 in Minnesota, wearing a helmet is known to prevent both brain injury and death. In addition to a helmet, it is a good idea to wear long pants, boots, and protective gloves and jackets to help guard against common motorcycle accident injuries. However, none of these are failsafe against injury when motorcycle accidents occur.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, please contact GoldenbergLaw, PLLC to schedule a free consultation today. Our motorcycle accident attorneys serve Minneapolis, St. Paul, and all surrounding areas of Minnesota.