Iacobelli Law Firm represents the injured in motorcycle accidents, bicycle crashes, and scooter accidents in Toronto and the GTA and throughout Ontario.
Although there are many things that a motorcycle rider can do to avoid a Toronto motorcycle accident or reduce injuries, we will highlight only a few of the most widely recognized, as well as some personal suggestions based on cases we have seen in the past.
Stay Visible: One of the most important ways that a motorcyclist or bicycle rider can help prevent an accident is by making sure that they are noticeable. Very often following a motorcycle crash, the driver of the car or truck will report that they simply did not see the motorcycle. This can result in serious accidents and often death for the rider. When a driver fails to notice the motorcycle, it can result in a car turning across the path of the motorcyclist, which accounts for some of the most serious motorcycle accidents. In order to remain visible to other motorists, it is important to ensure that motorcycle headlamps are fully operational and illuminated at all times. Motorcycle riders should also wear high-visibility clothing, such as yellow, orange or bright red jackets. Motorcycle fairings and windshields are also thought to help make motorcycles more noticeable to other drivers. There is debate on the subject of loud pipes and the impact they have on making other drivers aware of the presence of a motorcycle. In my humble opinion, loud pipes do make a difference, and I would not feel safe riding a quiet motorcycle.
Stay Up to Date with your Rider Training: Motorcycle rider training is associated with fewer accidents and less severe injuries in the motorcycle accidents that do occur. If you have not ridden your motorcycle in a while, take a refresher course. It is a good idea to take some rider training before the commencement of each riding season. Motorcycle training will go a long way in helping you to ride defensively and avoid serious crashes.
Use Proper Helmets and Safety Gear: Safety gear may not prevent motorcycle accidents, but the right equipment can prevent serious injuries in the event that of a motorcycle accident. It goes without saying that a good helmet is probably the most important piece of safety equipment for a motorcycle rider. Invest in a good helmet, and take good care of it. It is also a good idea to wear heavy boots, jackets, and gloves while riding a motorcycle.
Finally, I would also suggest that motorcycle riders only operate their motorcycles when mental and physical faculties are sharp. Riding a motorcycle safely requires complete focus and concentration, as you need to be aware of surroundings at all times and prepared to make quick decisions in the event of an emergency. If you are overly tired, or mentally pre-occupied by stress or worries, it is a good idea to leave the motorcycle at home.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Ontario, contact Iacobelli Law Firm for a free consultation. We are experienced in handling complex motorcycle accident cases, and we can help. For a free consultation call us at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093 or complete our online contact form here.