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5 safety tips for senior motorcycle riders

Motorcycle enthusiasts aged 60 and over finally have the time and money to enjoy their long-awaited hobby. They can join their friends, head out on the open road and experience the great outdoors astride their Harleys, Indians and Yamahas. Perhaps you are a member of this group.

The role of a helmet in a motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents are a serious issue in Virginia. In fact, in 2009, 77 people were killed in this type of accident in the state. At Cranwell & Moore PLC Attorneys at Law, we know how devastating an accident involving a motorcycle can be. While riding a motorcycle, you are very vulnerable due to the size of your vehicle and the open nature of it. That is why wearing a helmet is always advisable. While it may not protect against every injury, it can save your life.

Motorcycle accidents: The danger of left turns

On Virginia roadways, no vehicle is more at risk than a motorcycle. Their size, when compared to all the other vehicles on the road, means they are harder to see. While motorcycle riders should be alert at all times when on the road, left turns pose an exceedingly larger risk. According to the Motorcycle Safety Center of Virginia, 4,668 motorcyclists died in 2013 on U.S. roads. One of the most common causes of injuries and deaths to cyclists was left hand turns.

Why aren’t safety systems helping motorcyclists?

Particularly when you ride your motorcycle on Virginia highways, you hope that the people in the cars and trucks around you are doing a head check to look for you before changing lanes. Ideally, you can avoid a sideswipe accident by staying out of motorists’ blind spots, but in real life, traffic does not always allow you to take advantage of this defensive riding technique. According to RideApart.com, blind spot technology that should keep you safe from careless drivers may actually increase your risk of a motorcycle crash.

On the road: Conditions that threaten motorcycle safety

Road conditions in Virginia that may be perfectly safe for commercial and passenger vehicles could pose serious risks to motorcyclists. While avoiding these altogether may be an option sometimes, anyone who is operating a motorcycle should know what to do when faced with less than favorable road surfaces. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, riders should plan ahead and check routes for construction or other potential dangerous road conditions. In these areas, hazard signs should be posted, and riders should be familiar with their meanings.

5 types of dangerous drivers who cause motorcycle crashes

Motorcycle accidents have the potential to be catastrophic. Knowing this, riders typically take whatever precautions they can to protect themselves. This could include wearing protective gear, performing regular bike maintenance and completing training.

Car's failure to yield to red light kills motorcyclist in crash


Motorcycles are a constant on Virginia roadways and it is important that those sharing the road with them be aware of their presence. That includes making sure to adhere to the traffic laws and acknowledging the reality that the relatively unprotected nature of motorcyclists leaves them vulnerable to injuries and even death in a motorcycle crash. When there is a motorcycle accident, those that were affected by it must be aware of how to pursue compensation to pay for all the issues that arise after the fact.

What are common types of motorcycle collisions?


Traveling in any vehicle presents the possibility of being involved in an accident. Traveling by motorcycle can be particularly dangerous, as this mode of transportation provides less protection for a driver in the event of a collision. Virginia motorcyclists ought to be aware of some of the most common motorcycle accidents to help them avoid catastrophic injuries.

Legal representation essential after motorcycle accidents


Motorcycle accidents present huge risks for Virginia bikers. Not only can these wrecks lead to damaged motorcycles, but in a motorcycle crash, a biker may also suffer catastrophic injuries. There can be broken bones, a brain injury or other permanent disability, and, of course, there is always the potential for fatality.

NHTSA data reflects trends in motorcycle accidents


Collisions pose a tremendous risk for Virginia motorcyclists. Perhaps not surprisingly, when a motorcyclist collides with something, whether another vehicle, a portion of the roadway, or another obstacle, that motorcyclist is at risk for catastrophic injuries. Due to the nature of their method of transportation, motorcyclists have less protection from collisions than many others traveling on the road.

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