Are you a motorcycle rider? If so, always have an escape route because most motorcycle accidents are caused by distracted passenger car drivers or their inability to see motorcyclists. It’s very important that riders always plan on having an escape route when they are riding.
Watch out for hazards
I’m personal injury attorney, Mike Lombardi. When you’re riding on a motorcycle, numerous hazards can suddenly appear in your path. It could be traffic that’s coming to an abrupt halt on the freeway, a construction zone, or a motorcyclist drifting into your lane around a curve.
Why you need an escape route
That’s why it’s so important to envision and plan an escape route while riding. You never want to get trapped in a situation where you don’t have an adequate cushion of space around you or where there’s insufficient time to brake or swerve. With enough space and time, you can respond smoothly and safely when a hazard suddenly appears.
Where and how to look for an escape route
Common areas where you should look for an escape route are intersections, curves, fixed hazards and freeways. Experienced riders know to watch traffic patterns and always scan their immediate situation for an escape plan. They examine the roadways in front, to the right, to the left, in the next lane over, on the shoulder or median, behind them, or they look for a way to get off the road.
Do this every time you ride
Being familiar with the road and exits you’re traveling on is also a big help in planning an escape route. You always want your escape paths to provide you with the best outcome should you need to perform evasive action. I hope you make it a habit to plan your escape route every time you ride.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen even if you do everything right. If you’re a victim of a motorcycle accident, please give me a call or text me at Mike Lombardi Injury Attorneys, so we can discuss your case. We want to help you in any way we can.
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