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Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riders

At Giroux Trial Attorneys, we have seen our fair share of motorcycle accident cases. We have learned through these experiences that riding a motorcycle is significantly different from driving an automobile. The level of dexterity and aptitude for roadway conditions is staggering, meaning motorcycle operators are significantly skilled individuals but that doesn’t always translate to their safety. 

Other drivers account for a significant number of motorcycle collisions every year. A common thread among all at-fault motorists is they didn’t see the motorcycle until it was too late. No rider wants to be on the bad side of the statistics, so it is crucial to understand the necessary precautions you need to take to ensure you ride safely. Over our many years of experience, we have gathered a few safety tips for motorcycle riders that might sound obvious at first but do require a bit of thought and consideration.

Always Wear Protective Gear

Wearing protective gear is obvious, but with various riding styles and sports, it is crucial to understand the gear that keeps you safe for your particular excursion. For motorcyclists who like to tour, it is necessary to find protective gear that is durable and comfortable for longer periods of time. You wouldn’t want to wear a full-padded suit for a three-day road trip, but you would consider such a getup for motocross or rough trail riding. 

The essentials include a helmet, gloves, boots, and pads. How rigorous or padded these items depend on your riding style. The general rule is motorcycle gear should fit snugly, not tight. It needs to be comfortable and breathable but limit excessive movement in case of a spill or accident.

Choose the Right Bike for You

While it might sound odd, not every bike is right for every rider. Knowing your skill level and handling capabilities is crucial to selecting a motorcycle. When considering a bike for purchase, you should look beyond appearance and understand it’s features as it applies to the type of rider you are.  

The first thing you want to look at is the power-to-weight ratio. The number is vital to understanding how a bike will handle. If you learned on a cruiser motorcycle, you would likely want to find a bike with lower numbers. Higher numbers indicate faster acceleration, shorter braking distances, and higher top speeds.

Once you figure out a bike’s possible handling or performance, you can decide whether it is right for you. You need to do your research and trust your instincts, especially as a motorcyclist.

Obey Traffic Laws

Traffic laws exist to protect you and other motorists. Obeying speed limits and directional signs can minimize your risk of catastrophic injury or accident. 

Nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents occur because a motorist violates a motorcycle’s right of way. Learning to drive defensively means take extra precautions as you approach corners and intersections. While you might have the right of way and obey all traffic laws, other people might not. A little extra precaution could be the difference between life and death.

What Do You Do if Injured on a Motorcycle?

If injured in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you want to do is seek medical treatment. Even if you do not feel any pain, go to the doctor. Some injuries will not manifest for several hours or days. Seeking medical assistance supplies proof of injuries related to the accident, making it easier to file a claim or lawsuit later. After receiving medical treatment, if you wish to pursue legal action, it is best to find an attorney familiar with motorcycle accidents, like our firm. 

Our experienced team has been fighting for those injured on motorcycles for over 25 years. We have experienced motorcycle lawyers. We understand motorcycles automatically increase the risk of injury in an accident, and it is vital to seek the compensation you need to avoid financial hardships. 

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