Wide open lanes and stunning vistas – these are just a couple of the reasons Nebraska is a great place to ride. If you have a motorcycle road trip planned this summer, please read a few safety tips outlined below.
Wear a Helmet
Your helmet is such an important piece of safety equipment. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing a helmet reduces the risk of fatality by 37 percent for the rider and 42 percent for the passenger. Motorcyclists not wearing helmets are found to be three times as likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury as motorcyclists wearing a helmet in a crash.
In Nebraska, we have a "universal" helmet law. That means anyone on a motorcycle – riders and passengers of all ages – must wear a helmet.
It's important to be seen by those sharing the road with you. Motorists can cause crashes with motorcycles when they fail to see and recognize the bike. You can increase your visibility by wearing brightly colored clothing or affixing reflective striping to your gear. Another good option is to drive with your headlights on all the time, even during the day.
Defensive driving is another means of staying visible. Exercise caution when approaching intersections and do not assume motorists see you. Maintain a safe following distance and avoid driving in blind spots.
Invest in Protective Gear Designed for the Summer
Leather and denim protect your legs and arms in the event of a crash. When the temps soar, it's tempting to ditch a lot of your gear. But know that proper protection is essential to preventing injuries. Covering your exposed skin also prevents dehydration. Certain gear options can be bought in lighter, summer versions, including gloves, helmets and boots.
Obey all traffic signs and signals. Use your turn signals. Help motorists to anticipate your actions and not to misjudge your path of travel.
Budget Extra Time for Summer Traffic Jams
Some of the state's most scenic areas get really busy over the summer, when families are on vacation and doing their own road trips by car. It is frustrating to get stuck in traffic, but planning accordingly can relieve some of the frustration because you'll know what to expect.
When Someone Else Causes You to Crash
Despite your best efforts to prevent an accident, someone else's negligence may cause one. In that scenario, our experienced accident attorneys in Omaha can determine if you are eligible to pursue compensation above and beyond any insurance company offers. If someone else caused your crash injuries, you deserve justice.
Call Our Attorneys after an Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Omaha or elsewhere in Nebraska, you may be entitled to compensation if the crash was caused by someone else. To arrange a review of your case and to find out what your options are for pursuing injury compensation, please call the law firm of Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht at 402-371-4300.