Are you looking to start riding a motorcycle? You are probably aware of the risks associated with riding a bike, but are you aware of the fact that studies show new riders are more at risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident?

You may be more at risk during your first year

According to motorcycle safety studies, the most dangerous time for a motorcyclist is during their first year. The risks peak during the first 30 days of operating a bike.

What you should know about the data

The Highway Loss Data Institute has gathered extensive data concerning motorcycle accidents. They conclude:

  • You are four times more at risk of being involved in a collision during your first 30 days than during your entire second year.
  • From 2003 to 2007, approximately 22 percent of nearly 57,000 motorcycle accidents occurred during the first month of an insurance policy taking effect.
  • In contrast, the claim rates dropped one-third in the second month and by almost two-thirds after six months.

The difficulties of operating a motorcycle

Operating a motorcycle is no simple task. There are many actions required that you might not be familiar with such as shifting, feathering the throttle, balancing on one foot, and watching for traffic and road hazards. It takes a great deal of experience in being proficient at operating these actions simultaneously.

What you should consider

There are many safety tips you can follow, especially if you are new to riding a motorcycle. They include:

  • Enrolling in a motorcycle safety course.
  • Avoid riding or buying a bike that is too big or powerful for you.
  • Avoid riding after the sun goes down.
  • Avoid high speeds along unfamiliar roads and turns.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Invest in durable safety gear such as gloves, leather pants, and a leather jacket.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident

No matter your experience level or how safe of a rider you are, you can’t always avoid a motorcycle accident. You can’t control the driving habits and actions of those you share the Florida roadways with. A motorcycle accident can leave you seriously injured and facing a mountain of medical bills you can’t pay. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help.

At Johnson & Gilbert, P.A., we are experienced in helping motorcycle accident victims. If you have been injured, it is important to understand that you have the same rights as anyone else injured on the road. We will work hard to defend your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach motorcycle accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.