Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®: According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, there are more motorcyclists on the road in the last six months—largely in part to soldiers who are returning home from overseas missions. This increase in motorcyclists has many concerned, especially since there has been an increase in motorcycle accidents as well. While some of the injured motorcyclists were riding recklessly at the time, others were simply the victim of other motorists who failed to notice them on the road and at intersections. In the last few weeks alone, soldiers in both Fort Hood and Fort Bragg were injured and killed in motorcycle-related crashes. Sadly, many of these tragic motorcycle accidents could have be prevented.
Consider this: Since the war on terror began, some 10 years ago, the U.S. Army’s Special Forces has lost more soldiers in motorcycle accidents than to hostile fire. That is a frightening statistic and one that the U.S. Pentagon has not overlooked. Many motorcycle safety gurus recommend that Advanced Street Skills classes be required for returning war veterans and soldiers. These men have literally stared death in the face, so hoping on a motorcycle seems like an easy task. Comments from soldiers have included it’s the legal crack cocaine and say the bike fills the adrenaline void left behind in the war zone.
Could advance skills training help many of these riders avoid serious and catastrophic motorcycle accidents with other drivers? With extra emphasis on braking, cornering, and swerving, an advance training class could help save numerous lives. As of now, the army does require all soldiers to take a basic motorcycle safety class and wear reflective gear when riding in their combat uniforms.
If you are a soldier, you should consider taking an Advanced Street Skills Motorcycle class as soon as possible. In addition, be sure you follow these basic safety rules:
1. Never race your motorcycle—street racing causes catastrophic and fatal accidents every year and is illegal.
2. Follow the helmet laws of your State.
3. Wear reflective clothing—even when you are not in your combat uniforms, you should consider wearing bright and reflective clothing so other drivers can see you more easily.
4. Never drink and drive—never drink or take drugs prior to getting on your bike. This includes prescription medications and over the counter drugs.
5. Obey all posted speed limit signs—speeding or driving recklessly is one of the worst things a motorcyclist can do. Speeding alone can cause you to lose control of your bike and it can make it more difficult for you to see road debris or react in emergency situations.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer immediately. At Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®, our lawyers understand the issues facing motorcyclists because we ARE motorcyclists. As such, we fight aggressively to ensure that all of our clients receive the compensation they are entitled too, so they can recover and get back on the road again. Call us today at 1-800-4-BIKERS for a free consultation.