Four Motorcycle Safety Tips
It’s no secret that riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car. Motorcycles can be perceived as inherently risky as they provide no form of protection for the driver. Motorcyclists are often depicted as thrill-seeking daredevils, but when operating a motorcycle it is of the utmost importance to follow some basic guidelines in order to ride safely. Here are some of the most vital tips on motorcycle safety:
- Dress appropriately. Having the right gear can lessen the damage caused by an accident and could possibly prevent accidents completely. When riding a motorcycle, you’ll want to wear gear that will protect you from wind chill, flying debris, and road rash if you should happen to fall. For the best protection, you’ll need a leather or other reinforced jacket, full pants, closed-toe shoes, gloves, goggles, and most importantly, a helmet. Riders who do not wear a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal brain injury when involved in a crash.
- Drive defensively. Many motorcycle drivers have the tendency to speed and swerve past other vehicles, ignoring various traffic laws. This can and will lead to serious accidents. Driving defensively is the safest way to operate a motorcycle, especially because other car drivers on the road do not always respect or keep an eye out for motorcycles.
- Maintain your bike. Making sure that your motorcycle is properly maintained is the easiest way to avoid any complications on the road. Be sure to check that all systems are in working order, especially brakes and lights. It is important to routinely inspect your tires, ensuring that they are set at the proper pressure. When tires are insufficiently inflated, maneuvering the bike becomes very difficult.
- Be aware of road hazards. Because motorcycles have little contact with the road, some common hazards can make a great impact on the motorcycle and its operator. When riding a motorcycle, it is important to keep an eye out for rocks, sand, wet leaves, potholes, and any other road hazard that could possibly throw you from your bike.
Unfortunately, even the safest motorcyclists can be involved in accidents caused by other reckless drivers. If you find yourself injured from a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.. Our attorneys will help guide you through the legal process and fight to see that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 800-242-2874.