Even though it's hard to believe that summer is almost halfway over, this reality is only serving to strengthen the resolve of the most ardent outdoor enthusiasts. Indeed, people are now doing their very best to get as much fishing, hiking, gardening, barbequing and other favorite open-air activities in as possible.
For some, this means setting aside more time to take their motorcycle out on the many scenic roads and highways here in Texas, and throughout the nation.
Regardless of whether a motorcyclist has already made countless road trips, only a few or none whatsoever, it's important that they remember to always practice safe driving techniques. After all, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in 2014 alone, 4,586 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes.
Chief among these safe driving techniques is the need to drive defensively, as even the most seasoned motorcyclist can easily fall victim to actions of negligent motorists.
As a refresher, consider some basic defensive driving tips as provided by the NHTSA:
- Assume that you are invisible to motorists and, as such, use headlights and turn signals, avoid blind spots and always double check prior to making a lane change.
- Use caution when entering an intersection -- the location at which 50 percent of all motorcycle crashes occur -- as motorists can, and will, make unexpected turns in front of you, or suddenly pull out from side streets and driveways
- If a motorist is tailgating you, see if they will go around by signaling with your hand and, if they fail to do so, execute a lane change safely or pull over to let them pass.
- Always protect yourself by wearing the necessary safety gear from a helmet and gloves to a brightly colored jacket and pants.
Here's hoping our remaining summer season is a safe one for motorcyclists.
If you've been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of a motorist, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and your options.