Whether you've just gotten your first motorcycle or you're an experienced rider, when you hit the road this summer, you'll be sharing it with a lot of people on two and four wheels. During the summer, our streets and highways are filled with tourists and native Mississippians alike. Unfortunately, not all are as cognizant of what's going on around them as they should be -- and particularly not of motorcycles, which can be difficult for even alert drivers to see.
You can improve your chances of staying safe by taking some basic precautions:
- Leave plenty of space between yourself and other vehicles.
- Proceed cautiously when entering an intersection, even if you have the right-of-way.
- Signal and look behind you before you move to another lane.
- Even though it's hot, wear sturdy footwear as well as clothing that covers your legs and arms. Denim or leather-type material is best, and it should either be bright or have reflective striping.
- Always wear a helmet. In Mississippi, it's the law.
- Don't ride when you're under the influence of any amount of alcohol or drugs.
Even the most conscientious motorcyclist can be involved in a crash caused by a motorist or another biker who was distracted, reckless or negligent. Unfortunately, in motorcycle vs. vehicle accidents, motorcyclists can suffer serious injuries that can take considerable time and treatment to recover from.
Too often, motorcyclists are blamed for crashes that aren't their fault. If you have been involved in a crash, the at-fault driver should be held responsible so that you receive the compensation you need to heal and move forward with your life.