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Tips for staying safe at motorcycle rallies

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Motorcycle rallies happen frequently throughout Ohio and the U.S. during this time of year. The Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally will draw thousands of people from across the United States. It's being held in Sturgis, Kentucky, from September 10-13, 2020. The event was originally scheduled for the third weekend of July but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will also be several other motorcycle rallies and bike runs happening in Ohio during the remainder of the summer and throughout the fall.

These events can be a lot of fun for bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts. Sometimes crashes can occur, especially when motorcyclists are sharing the road with cars and trucks.

Why motorcycle crashes can be catastrophic

In 2018, there were nearly 5,000 motorcyclist fatalities across the United States and 145 in Ohio.

In many cases, crashes between motorcycles and motor vehicles are caused by:

  • Distracted driving
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Complete disregard for the rights and safety of motorcyclists
  • Impaired or drowsy driving
  • Speeding and erratic driving

The most common and devastating types of motorcycle crashes include:

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Side impact crashes when a driver makes a left turn
  • Head-on collisions
  • Sideswipes and roadway departures

How can I stay safe at a motorcycle rally?

Whether you plan on attending the Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally or any of the other events coming up this summer and fall, it's important that you take safety precautions while enjoying the open road.

Here are some valuable tips to consider:

  • Make sure your bike is in good condition: Be sure to properly inspect your bike before heading off to a rally. Check your brakes, horn, lights and wheels to ensure that your bike is safe. Repair any defects promptly.
  • Keep a safe distance from others on the road: Drivers can be unpredictable, especially when they aren't paying attention. That's why it's best to maintain a safe distance from drivers of cars and trucks. When traveling with a group of motorcyclists, be sure to also maintain a safe distance in case there are any sudden stops in traffic or if a crash occurs.
  • Wear a helmet and proper gear: A motorcycle crash can be devastating. Unlike drivers, motorcyclists aren't protected by seatbelts and airbags. That's why it's best to wear a properly fitted helmet and protective attire. This can include leather pants, boots, a leather jacket, gloves and protective eyewear.
  • Avoid riding after consuming alcohol: It can be tempting to consume alcohol when attending bike rallies. Alcohol impairs the judgment, reaction time and coordination needed to safely operate a motorcycle.

Should you be injured in a motorcycle crash this summer and fall, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. The personal injury lawyers at the Mike Christensen Law Offices can help you pursue a legal claim against the driver who hit you.

Our law office is located in Columbus, Ohio. To schedule your free case evaluation, contact us online.

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