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The Danger of Motorcycles and Taking Essential Precautions

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

In choosing to use a motorcycle as your form of transportation, you are running the risk of involving yourself in a serious accident. In comparison to normal motor vehicles, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to get into collisions leading to death. Since motorcycles are so much smaller than passenger vehicles, they offer limited protection during an accident.

In March of 2013, an Air Force man died in an Arizona collision when he crashed his motorcycle into the back of the pick-up truck stopped in front of him. The motorcyclist was riding too closely to the truck, making him unable to brake or swerve out of the way in time. Not only was the man following the truck too closely, he also was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Although the man did not instantly die, he passed away later that evening.

When it comes to preventing motorcycle accidents, certain precautions must be taken. The most obvious and essential form of prevention is the use of helmets. Individuals who do not wear helmets while riding a motorcycle are 40% more likely to experience head trauma resulting in death than those who do wear helmets. Beyond wearing helmets, another important way to decrease the chance of a motorcycle accident is to never drink and ride. After the consumption of alcohol, one's judgment and cognitive abilities have been greatly decreased.

While riding a motorcycle, some precautions to consider in order to reduce the risk of injury are:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Do not drink and ride
  • Wear thick, bright-colored clothing
  • Do not follow too closely to other vehicles
  • Do not weave in and out of traffic
  • Follow the speed limit
  • Travel at slower speeds when riding over loose ground or wet surfaces

Even with taking these precautions, riding a motorcycle is a dangerous task and accidents do happen.

About the Author

Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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