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Avoid a motorcycle collision with new safety tips

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents

As springtime gets into full swing, many Ohio residents are spending more and more time outdoors. If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, you might have already headed out onto the open road on a warm, sunny day, looking forward to many more trips this summer. To avoid a motorcycle collision, it’s always a good idea to stay updated on safety tips and advanced technology that has enabled new vehicle features to help operators stay safe.

Just like driving a car becomes second nature, which means drivers sometimes take safety for granted, motorcyclists might become lax in taking precautions before each ride. Such precautions include inspecting your vehicle and checking brakes, lights, etc., before each trip. The more diligent and careful you are, the less risk there is of a motorcycle collision.

A motorcycle collision is less likely with these vehicle safety features

The following list includes relatively new innovations that improve safety for motorcyclists:

  • Electronic throttle and cruise control help prevent hand cramps on long rides, which reduces the risk of collision.
  • Adaptive headlights make taking a bend at night less dangerous because the system activates brighter lighting when a motorcycle enters a curve.
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) allows bikers to talk to one another, especially to warn of potential hazards on the roadway.
  • Advanced warning and assistance systems alert riders to potential problems on the road, even as far as 100 yards away, and provide lane-changing assistance, as well as other safety features.
  • Advanced technology has created airbag jackets, which a motorcycle operator or passenger can wear; these jackets inflate upon impact, just like airbags in a car.
  • Gloves containing turn signals help make motorcycles more visible to other motorists, especially at night.

These inventions minimize the risk of collision. Whether you’re an experienced or novice rider, you may want to learn more about newer bike models and equipment that can help you improve safety.

If another vehicle hits you while you’re riding

You can practice good safety habits and still encounter problems on the road if another driver hits your motorcycle. A motorcycle collision can cause catastrophic, even fatal injuries. You might eject from your seat or slam against the hard surface of the road or a nearby stationary object. In an instant, you might go from enjoying a ride to ambulance transport to an Ohio hospital for emergency medical care. If another driver’s negligence caused a motorcycle collision that resulted in your injury, you’re entitled to seek financial recovery for your losses.