With many workplaces returning to the office and plenty of warm summer days left, many Calgarians are excited to commute to work on their motorcycles this summer. However, increased rush-hour traffic means an increased risk of accidents for all motorists.
Whether you commute on the Deerfoot, through the Core, or anywhere else in Calgary, motorcyclists need to pay extra attention during their commutes to avoid accidents and serious injury. To help you stay safe this summer, you’ll find James H. Brown and Associates’ top tips for motorcycle commute safety below, as well as what to do if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident.
1. Wear Proper Safety Gear
Safety gear is always the first step to staying safe on your motorcycle. Approved helmets, eyewear, gloves are essential; even on scorching summer days, full leather gear is never a bad idea, especially when travelling at high speeds. It can (literally) save your skin in an accident, with many manufacturers making dedicated gear for blazing summer temperatures.
2. Stay Alert
Riding a motorcycle safely requires total physical and mental concentration. Especially during morning rides or after a long day at work, it can be easy to let your attention wander off the road. Many motorcycle injuries and fatalities occur when fatigue is a factor, so do what you can to stay alert at all times. Remember: other drivers may also be struggling with their awareness, so make sure to stay aware of your surroundings and other vehicles on the road.
3. Stay Visible
Visibility is a critical part of motorcycle safety, especially on crowded city streets. There are plenty of ways to make yourself more visible to other motorists, including using hand signals, adding reflective strips to your bike and gear, and riding in the tire track that makes you the most visible to other drivers.
4. Stay a Safe Distance Away From Other Vehicles
Even though it’s illegal in Alberta, many motorcyclists are tempted to “lane filter” and weave in and out of traffic. Not only is it dangerous, but because motorists aren’t expecting it, they don’t know to look out for you. Always maintain safe and appropriate distances between you and other vehicles, and make safe, controlled passes and turns when it is safe to do so. Additionally, be sure to give vehicles carrying big or unstable loads extra room, and avoid riding in anyone’s blind spot (usually the area between the front doors and the end of the vehicle).
Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
Even while riding safely, many riders are injured in motorcycle accidents on Calgary streets each year. If it happens to you or a loved one, take the following steps to look after your health and ensure you receive fair compensation:
- Seek Medical Attention. Always get checked out after a motorcycle accident, even if your injuries don’t appear to be serious. Even seemingly “minor” injuries can (and often do) worsen over time, and many insurance companies will question the severity of your injuries if you don’t get them looked at right away. Getting checked out right away ensures your injuries are documented from the start, making it easier to pursue a claim and get fair compensation.
- Document Damages and Changes to Your Day-to-Day Life. If your accident stops you from working, results in out-of-pocket medical expenses, or otherwise changes your day-to-day life, keep track of it. We encourage all of our clients to keep a journal of “damages” and lifestyle changes caused by their accident; when making a claim or seeking a settlement, this information will be vital to getting complete and fair compensation for your injury.
- Seek Legal Advice. Alberta motor vehicle accident law is complicated, making it essential to get sound legal advice as soon as possible after an accident. Getting a professional opinion and an experienced team on your side can help you secure the compensation you need to navigate the road to recovery.
James H. Brown and Associates: An Authority on Motorcycle Accident Injury Law
Since 1993, James H. Brown and Associates has been dedicated to standing up for accident victims’ rights in Calgary and across Alberta. Our team knows firsthand the tool a motor vehicle accident can take and has over 200 years of combined experience getting results in motor vehicle accident claims.
Every motorcycle accident is different; that’s why we offer a full range of services and support for our clients, including:
- An award-winning team of injury lawyers with an unrivalled record of success.
- Accident reconstruction, analysis, and other investigation services.
- Multidisciplinary professionals to evaluate the long-term impact of your injuries and provide important documentation for your case.
- Strong relationships with organizations ready to assist with rehabilitation and recovery.
- And much more!
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
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