For residents of Phoenix, Arizona, summer is all about finding ways to beat the heat and stay cool. As temperatures rise above 110-degress, many Phoenicians decide it is time to head out of town. They retreat to the cooler climates of Flagstaff, Prescott, Payson, or leave the state entirely. Taking a road trip is a way to escape the oppressive heat of the Valley of the Sun and it is also an excellent way to have fun. For many individuals, motorcycles represent a thrilling and fun alternative to automobiles. Hastings & Hastings acknowledges that there is little better than hitting the open road on the back of a motorcycle. However, motorcycles do pose unique safety concerns. Accidents involving motorcycles are often quite severe, and have a high likelihood of result in major injury or death. Hastings & Hastings offers advice on motorcycle safety.
One of the most important factors in motorcycle safety is proper attire. It is absolutely vital that riders wear a helmet. Hastings & Hastings notes that for helmets to function properly they need to fit properly. A helmet that is too snug will be uncomfortable and could even prove dangerous in the event of an accident. A helmet that is too loose could fly off in an accident and leave the rider exposed. Helmets should be full-face and extend around the entire head.
In their years providing representation for accident victims, Hastings & Hastings has learned the importance of proper footwear. Motorcycle shoes should be sturdy and snug. This allows optimal control of the motorcycle and provides protection in the event of an accident.
For motorcyclists, awareness on the road is important. Hastings & Hastings speaks on the danger of blind spots. A blind spot in an area around a car that drivers cannot directly observe by looking in their rearview or side-view mirrors. If a motorcyclist is in a driver’s blind spot, they are in danger. The nearby car could perform a lane change without ever knowing that the motorcyclist is present. Hastings & Hastings advises motorcyclists to avoid cruising in a car’s blind spot, which is typically 4-5 feet behind the vehicle on either side.
“Statistics routinely show us how dangerous it can be to ride a motorcycle. However, by taking the proper safety precautions, we can reduce the risk significantly. We would never want to discourage people from enjoying their motorcycles, but we would do anything we can to keep them safe,” said David Hastings, the founder of Hastings & Hastings.