As a motorcyclist, there may not be anything more exciting to you than getting on your bike and hitting the road. Even so, you always need to remember that you face a variety of unique problems that could result in an accident.
Here are some of the potential issues to concern yourself with:
- Drivers who don't share the road: Some people just won't share the road with motorcyclists, which greatly increases the risk of an accident. You must always be on the lookout for these people.
- Visual recognition: Since you're driving a motorcycle, not a motor vehicle, you're a smaller visual target. This makes it more challenging for other drivers to see you.
- Road hazards: There are not too many hazards that a motor vehicle can't handle. However, as a motorcyclist, things such as potholes, debris and gravel can cause an accident.
- Riding skills: Driving a motorcycle takes more skill than a motor vehicle. You must be familiar with safe driving techniques, defensive driving methods and what to do in the event of an emergency.
Even with these unique problems having the potential to get in the way, it's probably not enough to keep you off your motorcycle.
If you're part of a motorcycle-motor vehicle accident, you must call 911. Even if you feel okay, it's better to be safe than sorry. You should have an ambulance transport you to a local hospital as soon as possible.
After receiving treatment, you'll have time to contact your insurance company and learn more about the accident, such as who was at fault and how you can protect your legal rights.