Riding motorcycles is fun, but it also can be hazardous. According to one official report covering the year 2016, the fatality rate for motorcyclists in the event of an accident is 28 times greater than for the occupants of other vehicles. If you have experienced an accident while riding and are seeking compensation from another party, you will need the services of an auto accident attorney. If you plan to do much riding this summer, there are some things you can do to enhance your safety as a motorcyclist.
Important Motorcycling Safety Tips to Remember
While you may want to ride in something more comfortable during the hot summer days, motorcyclists need to wear protective clothing throughout the year. Along with boots and heavy clothing, helmets and eye protection should always be worn when biking. Helmets are legally necessary and essential for your safety. In addition to serving as protection in the event of a fall, your clothing should be bright enough to be easily seen by other drivers.
You should always follow the same speed limits and traffic laws as the rest of the vehicles on the road.
This means only passing when it is safe. When the road bends, you can help straighten the curve by starting the turn on the outside of the lane and then coming back to the inside.
You also need to keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially large trucks that have limited visibility. Additionally, road and weather conditions should be monitored carefully, because heavy rain will not only increase the risk of falling but can be harmful to an unprotected rider.
The condition of your bike is important to your safety, which is why you need to check it on a regular basis.
This includes examining the tires for wear and proper inflation, checking the condition of your brakes and clutch, and making sure that your lights and turn signals are working properly. You also need to take care of yourself when biking, which means avoiding alcohol before riding and not going out if you experience fatigue.
Of course, the safest biker may not be able to avoid an accident caused by somebody else. In the event of an accident, consider seeking legal assistance from an auto accident attorney. Contact us today Garces, Grabler, and LeBrocq for a free consultation.