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Bike Riding Safety Tips

Motorcycles and bicycles are great ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Riders can explore the open road and enjoy the rush these activities offer.

Our home state is a beautiful place to ride. You can visit the south to enjoy Louisiana’s miles of coastline or head north and take in the beauty of our parks and national forests. But riding doesn’t come without risk. These hobbies require the ability to react quickly in sticky situations.

Wherever you choose to ride, we at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson L.L.C. want you to have fun. To help you stay safe, we’re covering some of the causes of biking injuries. We’ve also come up with some tips for new riders as well as general safety tips.

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Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

The most recent stats on motorcyclist deaths come from a 2011 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In that year alone, 4,612 motorcyclists died in accidents. These figures have been consistent from year to year, with little to no decrease in the amount of motorcyclist fatalities.

According to NHTSA, 70% of all motorcycle accidents happen at intersections. Any number of circumstances can cause a crash, from bad weather to negligent drivers, but some of the top reasons motorcycle accidents occur include:

 Tips for New Motorcyclists

When you’re learning to ride a motorcycle, you have to begin somewhere. You may be excited to get on the road, but it’s crucial you learn how to keep yourself and others safe while you ride.

New riders should do the following:

General Motorcycle Safety Tips

Riding a motorcycle takes a lot of awareness, even more than driving a car or truck. Seasoned riders and newbies alike have a lot to think about when on the road. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when you ride:

 

Top Causes of Cycling Accidents

Bicycling is generally safer than riding a motorcycle. In 2013, NHTSA statistics show that 48,000 cyclists were injured but only 743 were killed. Averages show that cyclists between the ages of 55 and 59 are most likely to die in a crash, while those aged 20-24 are most likely to be injured.

Many cyclists, road bikers and mountain bikers alike, prefer to ride on less traveled trails or roads. This is a major contributor to their increased safety over motorcycles.

Nevertheless, there are many circumstances that result in cycling accidents. Some of the most common situations that cause bicycling accidents are:

Tips for New Cyclists

If you’re a cyclist who plans on riding in the street, you should think of yourself as a car. All road bikers must adhere to the same rules as a vehicle. If mountain biking is more your thing, it’s a good idea to read up on trail etiquette.

The following tips can help new cyclists get started as well:

 

General Bicycle Safety Tips

To accompany our tips for new riders, below are some tips that can help newbies and veteran cyclists alike. Remember these when you head out for your next ride:

The injury attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson L.L.C. hope you find these tips helpful and can use them to stay safe. We wish all of our motorcycling and bicycling friends a fun and safe summer!