As a firm specializing in motorcycle personal injury cases, we often see the results of accidents. Sometimes these accidents and the injuries incurred are unavoidable. But it is truly disheartening when a biker receives injuries that were preventable through proper safety measures. Obviously part of the appeal of riding a motorcycle is being free and living on the edge, but that does not mean you cannot be safe. Here are some safety tips that we encourage everyone to follow!
- Use a helmet and make sure it fits properly. When shopping for a helmet, take your time and try on plenty. They should fit firmly against your chin, face, and forehead. Often they come with padding to adjust the fit. Also, make sure the helmet cannot be lifted off your head from the rear.
- Take a motorcycle course. This is essential for new bikers, but even experienced among us can benefit from a refresher course. If you cannot find a course on your own, the division of motor vehicles should be able to help point you in the right direction.
- Be aware of the forecast. This one seems obvious, but every rider has faced an uncomfortable ride in the rain at some point. It’s not pleasant, and it can be dangerous. Wet weather leads to slick road surfaces. Exercise caution. Also, take care in extreme heat. Be certain to stay hydrated and take an occasional rest especially on very hot days.
- Gear up. Especially on hot days, a t-shirt and jeans can be appealing. But road debris and bugs can make for a rough ride. And if you slide out, you could have a nasty road rash to deal with. In the event of an accident, your gear is the only thing that stands between you and the road. Don’t take chances.
- Be defensive! Drivers are often preoccupied and frequently don’t see us. Watch out for cars that shift and change lanes. Keep an eye out for drivers on cell phones or texting and avoid them like the plague. Do not ever assume that a driver can see you in their mirror.
- Prep your bike for safety. Invest in antilock brakes so that you can maintain some control if you must brake suddenly. In addition, ACU tuning can help you have greater control over your bike.
- Maintain a safe distance. Do not ride too close to other vehicles. Maintain a safe buffer around your motorcycle. As much as possible, try not to brake suddenly. Keep your speed and movements smooth and even.
Motorcycles are amazing- but bikers must exercise care to prevent accidents. Ride defensively and with the proper gear. Most safety is common sense, so don’t lose your head. If an accident does occur, come to the lawyers who look out for you!