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What motorcyclists should do when they can’t avoid a crash

On Behalf of | May 19, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle enthusiasts would not trade anything for a chance to ride their bikes. However, motorcycle accidents injure and kill Americans at an alarming rate.

Nearly 75% of motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles. As you might expect, colliding with an automobile can result in very serious or even fatal injuries. The use of safety gear (like a helmets and heavy clothing and footwear) can prevent catastrophic injuries, but there is another way to avoid serious harm.

What should you do when a crash is imminent?

If you realize that you’re not going to be able to avoid a crash, do what you can to get out of harm’s way. If you cannot avoid the crash, the tips below might help you escape without significant injuries.

  • Try to relax your body and slow down your motorcycle.
  • Look around for a safer spot to crash, such as a grassy or earthy road shoulder.
  • Aim your bike for the “safe” area you have identified.
  • Let go of the handlebars as your bike goes down and roll your body out of the way.
  • If you are in danger of a second vehicle strike, crawl away from the crash site to reach safety.
  • Call the authorities to report the crash and get medical assistance.

These tips might not work in every motorcycle accident scenario. On the other hand, they may just save your life. If you want to get the most out of your accident claim, consider learning about Virginia accident and injury compensation laws. Experienced legal guidance may also improve your chances of maximizing your claim.