There’s a good chance that you or someone you know rides a motorcycle. Well, June 17, 2019 is the 28th Annual Ride to Work Day. So, instead of taking your car to work, take your motorcycle! Better yet, ride your scooter or bicycle, if you’re not too far from your workplace.
Ride to Work Day encourages everyone to ride their alternative transportation to work. Why? Because there are many benefits to riding your two-wheeled transportation. However, it’s important to stay safe no matter which form of transportation you choose. Lerner and Rowe is here with the scoop on National Ride to Work Day.
Why Not Ride in My Car?
While cars are generally fine to ride in, Ride to Work Day encourages people to ride motorcycles, bikes, and scooters to show the numerous benefits that go along with these alternative modes of transportation. Some of the benefits may surprise you, while others may be more obvious.
Less pollution: Motorcycles pollute less than other vehicles, and they get more miles to the gallon. Bikes and scooters use no gasoline, and you get the added benefit of exercising.
Social bonding: Riding a motorcycle can be a social activity. Riding with someone else on your seat or in a group with friends can create a sense of community and solidarity.
Beneficial for traffic: Motorcycles help alleviate traffic congestion and don’t take up as much space in parking lots. This is true, too, for bikes and scooters.
Reduce stigmas: Some people have prejudices against motorcycle riders, thinking that people who ride motorcycles are reckless. Get out there and prove that motorcycle drivers can drive just as safely as anyone else!
So, what can riders and drivers do to help ensure a safer commute on National Ride to Work Day? Our team at Lerner and Rowe put together a few safety tips for your convenience.
Pay attention: There are sure to be many two-wheeled vehicles on the road during National Ride to Work Day. Keep an eye out, and mind your blind spots!
Stay back: Maintain plenty of space between yourself and other drivers. This is especially important when you’re behind motorcycles since they can stop much more quickly than cars and trucks.
Stay within the law: Always abide by the law. Obey the speed limits, use your blinkers when appropriate, don’t swerve in and out of lanes, and adhere to red lights and stop signs.
Stay safe: If you’re riding a bike, motorcycle, or scooter on your way to work, always wear a helmet! Helmets help prevent your risk of serious injury (such as TBI) if you ever get in an accident. Furthermore, wear appropriate gear – long-sleeved shirts, jeans, safety glasses, and other items are ideal.
While following the law and adhering to safety protocols can help reduce your chances of getting in an accident, sometimes, misfortune comes for us all. If you do get in an accident, there are a few things you should do.
Get medical attention: After a motorcycle accident, assess everyone’s medical status immediately. Even if no one feels like they are injured, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is because many injuries (such as whiplash) don’t show symptoms until days or even weeks after the accident. Only a medical professional can determine what injuries have occurred.
Get information: It’s important to collect information from all drivers involved as well as from witnesses. Such information is crucial evidence, should you choose to pursue a personal injury case.
Get an attorney: You should consult an attorney after an accident. An attorney can protect you from all kinds of small legal mistakes. For example, you should never apologize at the scene of the accident, since an apology can be interpreted as an admission of guilt.
Got in a Motorcycle, Bike, Scooter, or Car Accident?
Even if you followed all the safety protocols, some accidents just can’t be avoided. If you do get in an accident, our New Mexico lawyers from Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys are here to help. Our legal team is well versed in personal injury law, and we know how to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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