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3 Tips for Braking Fast on a Motorcycle

Approximately 1.25 million people die each year due to crashes on the road. In fact, half of these crashes affect pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are often at risk of serious injury because they have very little protection. Motorcycle accidents are common, in part, because the vehicles can be difficult to control. One of the most challenging aspects of motorcycle control is braking fast on a motorcycle. Stopping quickly can cause an accident if precautions are not taken.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of someone else, contact the Houston motorcycle accident lawyers of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. right away. We can evaluate your case during a free and confidential consultation and discuss your options.

Call us at (281) 283-8500, or contact us online.

Best Practices When Braking Fast on a Motorcycle

It is easy to lose control of your motorcycle when you brake too hard. Thus, when you are braking fast on a motorcycle, you can get seriously injured if you do not take the proper precautions. In order to ensure your safety and the safety of other motorists on the road, follow the tips below.

1. Don’t pull the handle with all your strength. Do not fully pull on the handles, even if you have ABS. If you do so, your tires will lock and your wheels will begin to squeal. When your tires squeal, this means your wheels are sliding on the road and you no longer have control over your bike.

2. Keep your weight distributed. When you apply the brakes, the bike typically lowers in the front. Your weight will likely shift forward towards the front of the bike. When this happens, you should keep your arms locked straight in front of you in order to contradict the pull.

3. Use both the front and rear brakes. Both sets of brakes are important to your driving; however, if they are not used properly, you may cause an accident. If the front brakes are used more than the rear brakes, the back of the motorcycle will lift off the ground. On the other hand, when using mostly the rear brakes, you won’t be able to stop the motorcycle as fast. Balance is important to safe motorcycle driving.

How a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our experienced lawyers understand that navigating a motorcycle accident can be confusing and tedious. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case in order to find who is at fault, and help you recover the damages you deserve.

Even if you are unsure of who caused the accident, you may be able to recover compensation after a motorcycle accident. Many factors can contribute to motorcycle accidents, including negligent actions from other drivers. You should contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to evaluate your case.

If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s negligence, contact our Houston motorcycle accident lawyers today. We can review your case during a free consultation and discuss your legal options.

Call us at (281) 283-8500, or contact us online.