Motorcycles are an iconic fixture on the road, presenting the thrill of being unencumbered by the confines of an automobile, but even in less inclement weather, it is important to be cautious and observant to avoid accidents. Before you hop on your bike this summer to enjoy a ride out on the open highways, read these helpful safety tips on how to prevent your day of fun from becoming a tragic disaster.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Motorcycle accidents are more prone to fatalities than accidents involving automobiles due to the lack of certain safety features that make them inherently more vulnerable. Therefore, motorcyclists must be particularly vigilant about safety when out for a ride.
- Complete a motorcycle safety course: This is a requirement in some states, but even if it is not, you should still invest time into at least one safety course. These courses teach you not only how to avoid accidents, but how to crash safely, and how to deal with the aftermath if you absolutely cannot avoid it. Do an online search to find one in your area.
- Assume no one can see you: Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and can easily get lost in blind spots. Whenever you drive near a car, assume that the driver cannot see you. For example, if a car is merging into your lane, allow them some space. If you are not visible, or if the driver is simply not paying attention, you could get run over.
- Observe the wheels of other cars: If you are not sure in which direction a car might turn next, check out their wheels. The angle of a vehicle’s wheels indicates where they will turn next, which can help you avoid an accident.
- Look ahead: Cars are not the only things to look out for. Always look ahead to see if there are any obstructions on the road, such as patches of gravel, puddles, oil on the road, or large branches. Noticing these hazards ahead of time will allow you the chance to react in time.
- Check your mirrors: You might want to keep your eyes on the road at all times, but this is a mistake. To maintain awareness of your surroundings, you should always check your mirrors. If a car is speeding, and you are unaware of what is happening behind you, it could startle you.
- Beware of intersections: Accidents often occur at intersections when cars turn left on top of them. To avoid this common accident, keep an eye on the approaching car’s blinkers and provide lots of space for them to turn.
- Obey posted speed limits: Motorcycles are a lot of fun, but be sure to follow the speed limit. If you are traveling too fast, you will not be as aware of your surroundings as you should, increasing your risk of an accident. Even if you are lucky enough to not be involved in an accident, no one wants a pricey speeding ticket.
- Wear proper attire: Motorcyclists are incredibly exposed on their bikes, which is why proper riding gear is a must-have. This should include a helmet, riding boots, gloves, and protective clothing.
Additionally, you should always maintain your motorcycle to ensure that it is safe to ride. Get it checked regularly and, if it makes noise, or exhibits other troubling signs, take it to a mechanic for inspection. Not doing so can result in an accident. Maintenance should also include rotating the tires, changing the oil when necessary, and changing tires regularly to avoid skidding.
Advocacy for Injured Motorcyclists
Many drivers do not exercise a high level of caution when it comes to sharing the road with motorcyclists, which often leads to tragic accidents that cause life-altering injuries or even death. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you have a right to hold the at-fault party responsible and pursue just compensation for your injuries. The Wichita legal team at Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC, is comprised of seasoned litigators and veterans in the field of personal injury law and will provide fierce representation to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
Motorcycle accident claims can be complicated, often requiring medical specialists and financial experts to assess the long-term impact of a victim’s injuries. That is why it is important to seek skilled legal counsel to handle your cause.
Take the first step toward justice today and call us at (316) 688-1166 to speak with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers.