Riding your motorcycle is likely an exciting, adventurous, and thrilling experience. Yet, the somewhat harsh reality is that choosing a motorcycle as a mode of transportation comes with its unique hazards.
For example, according to data from the US Department of Transportation, motorcyclists are approximately 29 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than those who drive a vehicle. If you don’t take precautions, you can become a part of this statistic or sustain a motorcycle accident injury. However, fear not, as we’re going to look at a few motorcycle safety tips you can follow to stay safe on the road and prevent future accidents.
If you have been in a bike accident, you can seek the assistance of a qualified attorney at the Law Offices of Scott Righthand to learn what you should do next. Without further ado, let’s look at what you need to know.
Whether you were or have not been involved in a motorcycle accident, these motorcycle safety tips will help keep you safe. If you follow them, you will reduce your chances of getting into an accident and lessen the likelihood of sustaining serious injuries.
Arguably, the very best thing you can do if you’re riding a motorcycle is to wear protective gear to avoid sustaining serious injuries. Motorcycle gear like a leather jacket, non-slip gloves, a DOT-approved full-face helmet, leather pants, goggles, and over the ankle boots can protect you from road rash, broken bones, debris, and the elements.
Many people believe it’s okay to break a traffic rule now and then, but each time a traffic rule is broken, there is an increased likelihood of an accident occurring. So when you’re riding your motorcycle, you need to obey traffic light signals, stop signs, and speed limits. You also need to use your turn signals and drive appropriately to avoid getting into an accident.
Many motorcycle drivers get involved in accidents when bad weather strikes because a bike has less traction and protection than a car. You are also exposed to the elements and are not safe inside a vehicle. One of the best tips you need to follow is to drive carefully when it’s raining, snowing, or windy. Additionally, you need to take particular care riding during the winter when there is fog, sleet, and ice.
If you have consumed drugs or alcohol, you must not ride your motorcycle because you have an increased chance of getting into an accident. Alcohol and drugs impair your driving skills and delay your response time which can cause you to get involved in a serious motorcycle accident. It’s best to avoid driving for at least eight to ten hours after being under the influence of an impairing substance.
Although having a motorcycle license is a testament to your skills as a driver, you should consider taking a motorcycle course to improve your chances of staying safe. A course will refresh your memory and teach you new rules and skills you might not have known. Additionally, a motorcycle course can help you learn what actions you should take if you’re ever involved in an unpredictable situation.
Sometimes you can’t avoid getting involved in an accident even if you follow all the tips mentioned today. If someone else’s negligence has caused you to sustain injuries in a motorcycle accident, you have legal options and the right to seek compensation.
To find out if you have a valid motorcycle accident claim, you can get in contact with a San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Scott Righthand. We have the knowledge needed to help you.
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