One of the main challenges when riding a motorcycle is safety. Not only are motorcycles exposed and lacking the protection provided by a car’s four walls, but motorcycles are smaller and less visible than automobiles. This puts motorcycle riders at increased risk of accidents.
A common biker safety recommendation is wearing bright colors that can be seen by other cars. Some of the most visible colors are bright yellow, orange, and green. If you plan on riding at night, making sure to wear reflective tape on your gear or motorcycle itself. While bright colors may be enough to alert drivers during the day, taking the extra steps to stay visible in the dark could be the difference between an accident and a near miss.
Don’t Forget the Helmet
In addition to wearing bright clothing, studies show that a brightly colored helmet can reduce your odds of getting into a crash. According to a New Zealand study, the best color helmet for motorcyclists is white. Wearing a white helmet can reduce your odds of getting into an accident by 25% compared to wearing a black helmet.
While practicing motorcycle safety and increasing your visibility while riding can help you avoid accidents, it’s not a perfect solution. Even if you’re wearing the most visible colors money can buy, there is always a risk of danger when riding a motorcycle. If you have been in a motorcycle accident despite your best efforts and you’re wondering what to do next, you can start by reaching out to a motorcycle injury attorney.
What To Do if You’re In An Accident
The next time you take your bike out for a ride, don’t forget your yellow, orange, or green reflective gear. Wearing visible colors when riding a motorcycle may not feel as cool as a black leather jacket, but it is an essential part of motorcycle safety.
Despite all the precautions we can take to avoid crashes, accidents still happen. In the case of an accident involving a motorcycle and a car, a jury is often likely to favor the car’s driver rather than the motorcycle rider. At Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, we fight to protect motorcyclists’ legal rights. Our team has expertise in working with Southern California riders who have been the victim of traffic accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured in a Southern California motorcycle accident, contact our attorneys today.