The life of a motorcycle passenger is entirely in the hands of the driver. Many people assume, then, that there is little a passenger can do to prevent accidents. The truth, however, is that the actions of a motorcycle passenger can be the difference between getting in a serious crash and reaching the destination unscathed.
- Do not take your feet off the footrests when the bike stops;
- Limit your movement;
- Maintain a firm grip;
- Wait until you are tall enough to ride safely; and
- Be mindful of the exhausts.
Sadly, even the most responsible motorcyclists can fall victim to distracted, drunk, and negligent drivers. If you were injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle wreck, contact Rensch & Rensch Law.
Our attorneys have more than 45 years of combined experience practicing law. We will evaluate the police report, talk to witnesses, calculate your damages, and help you fight for the highest possible compensation. Call 1-800-471-4100 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Omaha.
Let’s take a closer look at five ways motorcycle passengers can reduce the risk of crashing:
- Do Not Take Your Feet off the Footrests When the Bike Stops
You may be tempted to take your feet off the footrests when you stop at an intersection, but doing so could throw the bike off balance. Even if you can comfortably reach the pavement, it is important that you keep your feet on the footrests. As Ride Apart explains, the driver of the motorcycle is responsible for keeping the bike stable, and taking your feet off the footrests could cause you to fall if the driver suddenly accelerates.
- Limit Your Movement
A slight imbalance is all it takes for a driver to lose control. Passengers should try to remain as still as possible.
- Maintain a Firm Grip
If the bike has handholds, grip them tight to help you maintain your balance while cornering. If there are no handholds, then grip the driver’s waist and hold on until the driver switches off the engine.
- Wait Until You Are Tall Enough to Ride Safely
As the Motorcycle Safety Foundation explains, motorcycle passengers must be tall enough to reach the footrests. If they are too short, it is more likely that the driver will lose balance.
- Be Mindful of the Exhausts
A bike’s exhaust can quickly reach scorching temperatures. If your foot or leg hits the exhaust and you flinch suddenly, your driver might lose control. Before you depart, identify where the exhausts are located and be mindful of them during the ride.
If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash in Nebraska, turn to Rensch & Rensch Law. Call 1-800-471-4100 today to arrange a free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney in Omaha.