How to crash a motorcycle safely

When you hear the phrase motorcycle wreck, safety may be the last thing on your mind. Undoubtedly, motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries and it is hard not to focus on the consequences. Nevertheless, many who have been in similar situations are aware that the risks of the collision can be reduced. Sometimes it’s safer to try to control a collision than it is to try to avoid one that is unavoidable. Each year over 5,000 motorcyclists die in traffic accidents across the country. In an accident, knowing what to do in the brief window of time could save your life.

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Learn when to control a crash instead of avoiding one

Most motorcycle riders automatically swerve to avoid danger. But, in other cases, understanding how to crash properly could prevent a more serious accident than yanking the handlebars or slamming on the brake. Staying on the bike and limiting your injuries are encouraged by crashes that are safe. On the other side, avoiding a crash can result in a head-on collision or crashing into a guardrail. Instead of swerving if you are already too close to the car or object to prevent a collision, try to crash safely. Nobody wants to lay down their bike in a crash but learning the right time to minimize one risk to avoid a potentially worse risk when riding is critical to avoid a fatal crash.

Apply both brakes intentionally to avoid locking them up

The way your motorcycle crashes can be significantly affected by how you brake. Using your brakes consciously will prevent you from reacting hastily and putting too much pressure on the pedal. As they are the most potent, start with your front brakes. Instead of slamming on the front brakes all at once, use gradual pressure. You may avoid your brakes locking up by doing this. Then, balance your weight distribution by applying the rear brake.

Collide with the least dangerous object in front of you

Nobody wants to crash, but if you know it’s going to happen, look ahead and choose what you’re going to hit. Choose where to crash in the brief window of time you have. Even if the incoming lanes of traffic appear to be clear at the moment, you should never ride into them. Also, you do not want to hit a car head-on. Adjust your motorcycle such that the side will instead crash into the target. Choosing the least dangerous option may not avoid injury entirely; however, it increases the likelihood of surviving the motorcycle accident.

Stay on your motorcycle

By remaining on the motorcycle for as long as you can, you can crash a motorcycle safely. Many riders erroneously believe that bailing out will be safer. Yet, bailing could result in major impact wounds like fractured bones and traumatic brain traumas. Also, you should avoid lying your bike down on its side since this may result in crush injuries or rashes from the road. Hang on and make an effort to position your motorcycle such that it absorbs most of the impact rather than your body. If your motorcycle does begin to slip, let your grip and, if you can, tuck and roll slowly.

Protect your body from crash injuries

In order to keep your body safe in a bike accident, prevention is essential. Always be ready to crash when you’re riding. Wearing appropriate safety gear before you get on your motorcycle is an important step to minimize accident injuries. These include:

  • Wearing an appropriate fitted helmet
  • Boots
  • Long pants
  • Motorcycle jacket
  • Eyewear
  • Other safety gear appropriate for road and weather conditions

Do your best to keep your body loose during a collision to protect it. It will be challenging to remain calm during a crash, but doing so might save broken bones and torn muscles.

Tucking and rolling is appropriate if a collision is unavoidable and you are still on your motorcycle. Tuck your body by curving your head down toward your chest, pulling your knees in and crossing your arms. Do your best to relax in this position while you crash. Go into a controlled roll if you come off your motorcycle near the ground. Put your arms overhead and keep your legs straight as you roll to a stop.

Do not rush to stand unless you are in a dangerous place

Wait a few seconds after you come to a stop before getting up. The crash’s adrenaline may have covered up a significant injury, such back pain. Limit your movement and wait if it’s safe to stay put until paramedics get there. Go as swiftly and cautiously as you can if you need to get up and move. When crossing a road, make sure no cars are coming. Immediately report the accident by dialing 911. Contact a Denver motorcycle accident lawyer after visiting a doctor to rule out any injuries.

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If you sustained injuries in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else’s negligence, our Colorado motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to help. Learn more about our experienced lawyers throughout the state including:

Front Range Injury Attorneys represents motorcycle collision victims in all four corners of Colorado. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation.

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