Whether you have been riding for years or you are a proud new owner of a motorcycle, it is always a good idea to review some basic safety tips for riding. Motorcycle wrecks are particularly dangerous, as you are not afforded the same protection as those encased in a solid vehicle. If you have recently been in a motorcycle wreck and you need assistance building a personal injury case, please contact our team. We will use our years of experience in torts and personal injury law to assist you in creating the strongest case possible. When you need a personal injury lawyer in the Gulf South that you can trust, we are the team to call. Some accidents are unavoidable and not the fault of the rider, however, some wrecks can be avoided through practicing the following safety tips.
Deck Out With Gear
When it comes to motorcycle riding, it is important to wear the proper gear. Put aside any notion of looking cool by riding helmetless with flip flops and shorts on. Proper gear can mean the difference between minor injuries and the loss of your life. Never wear flip flops, sandals, shorts, tank tops, or tshirts when riding. When you purchase a bike you should immediately budget in the cost of riding gear.
If you don’t have the following items yet, purchase them today:
- Riding Jacket: Invest in a high quality riding jacket. A motorcycle jacket will help protect you from injury in the case of a crash. It will also protect you from the elements, such as wind, heat, bugs, debris, and rain. Many jackets also feature reflective gear that helps make you more visible at night.
- Helmet: The importance of a helmet cannot be overstated. A helmet can save you from serious brain injury, or worse death. Invest in a full face helmet, which will also provide eye protection for you while you’re riding. Anyone who rides understands how painful and distracting bugs smacking into your face can be at high speeds.
- Boots With NonSkid Soles: Wearing the proper foot attire is not only important for protecting your feet from being torn up should you lay down your bike, they can also ensure your feet do not slip off the bike’s pegs and gear shifter. Look for boots that offer protection to your ankles as well.
- Riding Gloves: Just as it is critical you protect your arms and legs in the case of a crash, you need to protect your hands with proper riding gloves. These will also afford your hands added comfort and protection against blisters on long rides.
Even if you are just driving up the street to the gas station for a soda, deck out in your gear. You cannot predict when an accident might occur.
Ride On The Defense
Sadly, the reality is that most motorcycle wrecks (two-thirds, in fact) are caused by a driver violating the right of way of a motorcyclist. You are at the disadvantage when you hop on your bike. You are harder to see and you will ultimately suffer the most damage in a wreck. Some good defensive driving tips to keep in mind:
- Stay out of people’s blind spots as much as possible.
- Never weave in and out of traffic at high speeds.
- Drive with your headlights on, no matter what time of day it is to increase visibility.
- Wear gear with reflective striping.
- Be on the lookout for turning vehicles.
- Do not ride distracted. Pay complete attention to what is going on around you at all times.
- Signal far in advance of taking a turn.
- Have an out at all times, i.e. anticipate what will happen if you need to swerve or stop suddenly.
- Check your mirrors frequently.
Be In The Right State Of Mind
Because riding a motorcycle already puts you at an increased risk for wrecks and injury, you need to ensure you are absolutely in the right state of mind before you climb onto your bike. What is the right state of mind? Do not ride if you are not calm. If you are in a hurry, change your mindset. Speeding around like a maniac to make it to an appointment on time could result in a catastrophic wreck. Make sure you are well rested. Drowsiness and motorcycle riding do not pair well. And absolutely never ride a motorcycle after drinking. Sober riding is a must.
Know Who To Call
If you are one of the many motorcyclists who find themselves injured from a wreck that was not their fault, know who to call. You need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. Here at the Andry Law Group, we can fight for you against driver’s negligence. Unfortunately, the driver at fault will often try to blame a motorcyclist for a wreck. Not only that, many insurance adjusters will work against you to deny your motorcycle accident claim. Keep our number handy in your wallet or smartphone at all times (866-488-6222), and call our team if you find yourself in a motorcycle wreck.