Understanding and practicing motorcycle safety is a critical component of being a responsible motorcycle rider. Here are 5 “can’t miss” safety tips that can reduce your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident. If you do get in an accident, these tips can help reduce the chances that you will be severely or fatally injured.
1. Wear a Helmet Approved by the DOT
The most important thing you can do before riding a motorcycle is putting a helmet on. A Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet is designed to prevent or reduce head and brain injuries in the event of a crash, which is the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents.
2. Wear Thick Clothing
Another serious injury that can occur in a motorcycle accident is a friction burn, or “road rash.” This is caused by being dragged across pavement. Wearing thick clothing like jeans, long sleeves or a leather jacket can help prevent friction burns if a crash occurs. Consider always wearing thick clothing when riding a motorcycle, even if the weather is warm.
3. Ensure Your Motorcycle Is In Good Operating Condition
Make sure your motorcycle is up to code by checking its condition and having it serviced according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Replace worn or bald tires, and ensure the brakes, headlights, taillights and turn signals are always working properly. Failure to have your motorcycle properly serviced can result in serious accidents at high speeds or in certain weather conditions.
4. Take Motorcycle Riding Lessons
Motorcycle riding lessons can help you learn more about motorcycle safety and how to safely operate a motorcycle in a variety of weather conditions. While it’s a must for new riders, even experienced riders can benefit from a refresher course on motorcycle safety.
5. Obey Traffic Laws
This may sound obvious, but many motorcycle riders believe that because they are operating a smaller vehicle, that some traffic laws don’t apply to them. Always obey the laws of the road, and don’t weave quickly in and out of traffic or cut off vehicles when making a turn.
Despite taking safety precautions, accidents can still happen and when they do, injuries can occur. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact the Black Belt Law Center, P.C. today for a consultation. We’ll help you fight the good fight and get the compensation you deserve. Call now at (866) JTLaw-66.