The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is urging motorcyclists to drive defensively as the number of motorcycle fatalities seem to be on the rise again. In August 2014, motorcycle accident fatalities were set to hit a six-year high.
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So far, 25 motorcycle fatalities have been reported in 2015. Of those fatalities, 15 involved persons between the ages of 45 to 65. In the first week of August, four people died while on a motorcycle in the West region.
Consider the following defensive driving tips next time youre out on your motorcycle:
- Use the right gear, including a helmet, gloves, good shoes and a jacket that will protect you during an accident.
- Avoid distractions while on the road and remember it is illegal to talk, text, type, dial, or email using hand-held cell phones in Ontario!
- Expect the unexpected, be sure to check your mirrors and other views frequently for dangers.
- Never drive while drowsy.
- Leave enough space between your motorcycle and another vehicle.
- Ride within your skill level. If youre inexperienced, you may want to avoid driving during bad weather or at night until you have more hours on the road.
Experienced riders should consider taking a motorcycle training course to refresh their skills and learn how to properly maneuver their bike during unsafe situations.
Defensive motorcycle driving consists of a few basic tips that can help keep you focused on the road while preparing you to react quickly to avoid an accident.
At Greg Monforton & Partners, we encourage motorcyclists to drive defensively to avoid being injured. Additionally, motorists must learn to share the road and look twice for motorcyclists.
If you are ever injured in a motorcycle wreck, contact our motorcycle accident lawyers. We offer free case reviews and can determine your legal options.
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