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Riding a motorcycle is a unique, freeing experience. But many motorists don’t respect motorcyclists and don’t pay enough attention to avoid collisions with you and your bike.

As a motorcyclist, you can take extra precautions to make sure you keep riding for years to come. But if you have been the unfortunate victim of an accident, our Arkansas motorcycle accident lawyers at the Duncan Firm are here to help. Call us free at (501) 228-7600 today if you were injured by a careless motorist.

Do Your Safety Inspection

Before you ride, make sure to do a safety inspection of your bike. Checking that your brakes are working properly, that all of your pedals and levels are properly adjusted, and that your taillights and turn signals work are just a few of the things that can save your life out on the road. It only takes a few minutes to make sure you’re riding on a safely maintained motorcycle.

Wear a Helmet

Arkansas’s mandatory helmet law was repealed in 1997 for riders over 21, but studies have shown greater injury to motorcycle riders in crashes without helmets. They have more severe head injuries and longer hospital stays.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 1,829 motorcyclists’ lives were saved in one year from helmet usage. Wearing a helmet may not prevent an accident, but it can reduce your suffering from a collision.

Wear Protective Clothing

Road rash isn’t pretty on anyone and it feels about as bad as it looks. Wear protective gloves, boots, pants, and a jacket when you ride. If you do get into an accident, your protective clothing can lessen the severity of your injuries. Our motorcycle accident lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you do sustain.

Watch Out for Blind Spots

You should never ride in a car or truck’s blind spot. Truck drivers especially have large blind spots along the sides, front and back of the 18-wheelers. Big rigs are not as maneuverable as your motorcycle. Remember to give them a wide berth.

Watch Your Speed

A good motorcycle can get away from you pretty fast. Stay under posted limits and watch your acceleration in traffic. Car accidents with motorcycles are far too common because car drivers don’t see you coming. Busses and trucks can’t match your motorcycle’s maneuverability. Give them plenty of room and time to speed up and slow down around you.

Ride Sober

Operating any motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous and illegal. But riding a motorcycle while intoxicated is an even greater gamble with your life. Drunk drivers have reduced balance, coordination, and reaction time. On a motorcycle those can be the difference between life and death.

If you’ve been injured in an accident and need a Arkansas motorcycle accident lawyer, please contact the Duncan Firm online or call (501) 228-7600 today to schedule your no-obligation, no-cost consultation.

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