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What is the best way to prevent motorcycle accident injuries in Iowa?

Some people will tell you that the best way to prevent Iowa motorcycle accident injuries is to wear a helmet. We disagree. Helmets (or no helmets) do not cause motorcycle crashes. Drivers cause motorcycle wrecks.

Our motorcycle injury attorneys have handled hundreds of motorcycle accident cases. And we have heard hundreds of drivers say, “I never saw the rider.” We believe that the best way for you to stay safe is to stay visible while you ride. These tips can help.

Ten Tips to Help You Prevent Iowa Motorcycle Crashes

  1. Check your headlight, taillight, and turn signals every time you get on your bike.
  2. Use your headlight every time you ride—day or night.
  3. Add reflective strips and decals to both your bike and your clothing. This will help you to be seen at night.
  4. Add reflective tape to your black motorcycle jacket, or wear a reflective vest over your jacket while you ride.
  5. If you use a helmet, choose a helmet that is light colored and reflective.
  6. Light-colored bikes are easier to see. If you have a dark-colored bike, make sure you have plenty of reflective trim and plenty of lights.
  7. Choose your lane position carefully. Ride where you can see and be seen.
  8. Avoid vehicle blind spots; you will not be seen.
  9. If you must stop on the side of the road, stay as far away from traffic as possible and use your flashers.
  10. Always drive defensively and watch for drivers.

 

You can reduce your chances of injury, but you can’t protect yourself from every possible accident. There are simply too many drivers who don’t pay attention to motorcycles. Help Hupy and Abraham show support for motorcycle safety in Iowa with a free “Watch for Motorcycles” window cling. Just fill out the online request form or call us at 888-807-2752.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham