If you frequently ride motorcycles then you likely know just how devastating a motorcycle accident can be. The sad truth is that many of these accidents are caused by other drivers or situations outside of the control of the motorcycle rider. That said, there are also steps you can take to stay as safe as possible when you are riding your motorcycle.
If you have been injured then we recommend you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. Otherwise, read on to find out our top five tips that can help you avoid a motorcycle accident or injury.
- It’s all about what you wear
- Always have a plan for escape
- Set your own rules
- Stay off the road when you are tried
- Check your weather app regularly
What you are wearing when riding your motorcycle can be as important as how you are driving. Obviously, a helmet is the first step but it is not the only step. Other clothing choices can have a big impact, such as wearing bright colors that make it easier for other drivers to see you. Even when it’s warm, wearing long sleeves and pants can protect you if you are thrown from the bike. Gloves and safety glasses are essential as well. Finally, choose shoes with rugged heels, a good grip, ankle support, and closed toes to fully protect yourself.
Any time you are coming to a stop, turning, or banking, keep an eye on the traffic around you. Assume that they will not see you in time and have a plan to get out of their way if necessary. This will also teach you not to follow too closely to the vehicle in front of you, as you should always have an out.
Motorcycle riding can be a fun group activity but when groups get together, they can encourage others to act recklessly. Make sure that you follow your own best practices and do not allow the behavior or decisions of others to affect how you are riding.
We have talked a lot about car accidents caused by drowsy driving but it is just as much of an issue on a motorcycle as it is on a bike. The truth is that studies have shown that driving (or riding a motorcycle) while drowsy is just as dangerous as driving while drunk.
In Southern California, it can be easy to assume that the weather is going to be on your side. This is not always true. Each time you head out on a ride, check your weather app. If you see rain coming up then it may be best to keep your bike off the ride. At a minimum, make sure that you are prepared for any weather that is on its way.
These tips can help reduce the chances of being in a motorcycle accident but they cannot help prevent them entirely. To learn more about what to do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.