News headlines over the recent motorcycle “mob” case in New York City in late September have sparked nationwide discussion on the safety of motorcycle group rides, motorist safety, and ways to prevent tragic motorcycle accidents from happening. However, at Lewis & Tompkins, we know that with a little bit of preparation, any group motorcycle ride can be a safe, enjoyable experience for everyone, including other motorists on the road. Your ride doesn’t have to end in a D.C. metro area motorcycle accident.
- Plan your strategy. This can help reduce the chance of a D.C. motorcycle accident happening. Discuss stopping locations, daily travel distances, and what to do if the group gets separated.
- Decide a group riding order. Choose front (lead) and rear (sweep) riders based on experience level. The lead rider is responsible for communication within the group, while the sweep sets the pace from the rear. The least experienced riders should be riding directly behind the lead. One National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study suggested that riding in motorcycle groups of ten or less is safest.
- Stagger your riding formation. Don’t ride side-by-side, as this limits maneuverability. Go single file when road conditions warrant. Riding in large, unorganized clusters can be dangerous for both riders and motorists needing to merge lanes, navigate busy roadways, and react to unforeseen hazards.
- Pass in formation. This means, when passing, always pass in the order in which your group is riding, and then return be sure to return to your place in the formation.
- Don’t be a show-off on a bike. Each rider is a part of the whole group. Taking a group road trip is not a competition. Don’t tailgate other riders or motorists, avoid excessive passing, and stay away from wild riding. This can be intimidating and distracting to less-experienced riders and to other motorists on the road.
If you’ve been injured in a Washington, D.C., motorcycle accident, whether it was caused by another biker or by a motorist in a vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. At Lewis & Tompkins, we believe that every victim deserves justice when their lives have been changed due to another’s negligence. Contact our D.C. law office today to schedule your free case evaluation.