How To Be Safe While Riding A Motorcycle

January 4, 2012

We may love the feel of the wind in our hair and the open road before us. We may enjoy the thrill. But don't be fooled—motorcycles, no matter how long you've been riding, are dangerous!

Without the built in protection found in cars and with the fact that most drivers just don't look out for motorcycles, it is no wonder that motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries. Avoid the need for a personal injury attorney or worse, a wrongful death attorney, by following these safety tips below.

  • Always wear a helmet: Wearing a helmet makes you 3 times less likely to suffer serious head trauma.
  • Learn to ride smart: Your visibility on a bike is essential. Ride in your lane in such a way as to see as much of the road as you can.
  • Always ride safe: Always keep a look out for what vehicles are around you. Know where you can safely turn if you need to make an evasive maneuver. Obey speed limits and advisories in more winding roads.
  • Be visible to others: Consider wearing bright clothing or reflectors to make you a bit more noticeable on the road. Also make sure never to ride without proper headlights, brake lights, and turn signals.
  • Know your bike: Consider taking lessons or at the very least, practice riding in a safe environment like a quiet back road. Learning the ins-and-outs of your bike, the way it feels and handles, will help you stay safe and avoid accidents. In addition, always make sure the bike is in good working condition prior to going for a ride. This includes checking fluid levels and tire pressure.

If you do end up in an accident, O'mara & Padilla Attorneys At Law are available to handle the legal issues, making sure that you are treated fairly by those responsible and allowing you to focus on your recovery. We specialize in personal injury law and are your accident attorneys. We can help—just give us a call.

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