Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience and many riders crave
the rush and freedom this iconic ride provides. However, motorcycles are
inherently less safe than cars, given the minimal protection they provide.
Of course, this does not mean you should give up your bike, though it
does mean you should exercise extra caution and be prepared for any obstacles
or problems that might arise.
To help make your ride out on the roadways safer, here are some safety
tips you should keep in mind:
Take a motorcycle safety course: Regardless of how skilled or seasoned you might be, any motorcyclist can
benefit from taking a safety course. A safety course will provide lessons
on how to avoid accidents, how to crash safely, and what to do in the
aftermath of an accident. Research the courses that are offered in your
area and decide which might benefit you most.
Assume other drivers cannot see you: Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and drivers often have trouble
seeing them since many often do not check their blind spots. Instead of
assuming other drivers are looking out for you, behave as though they
cannot see you. Stay out of their blind spots and, if you see a car merging
into your lane, allow them some space. If you see a car backing up, let
them finish before you continue on your way.
Be aware of obstacles on the road: In addition to being aware of drivers around you, you need to watch out
for obstructions on the road, including rocks, puddles of water, patches
of gravel, oil, and other dangerous debris.
Do not speed through tight turns: Turning too quickly can cause you to fly off the road and have a disastrous
accident. When you speed through a turn, you have less time to adjust
for the sharpness of the turn. If you do end up making the mistake of
speeding through a sharp turn, do not hit your brakes or chop the throttle.
Continue by leaning into the turn and try to ride it out.
Ride safely with the proper gear: Part of staying safe while riding a motorcycle involves wearing the appropriate
safety gear. This includes a motorcycle helmet, riding boots, gloves,
protective clothing that is preferably leather, and body armor.
Maintain your motorcycle: It is imperative that you get your motorcycle regularly checked to ensure
it is functioning properly. If you notice any strange noises or have difficulty
steering, see a mechanic right away. Failing to do so can lead to an accident.
Virginia Motorcycle Accident Attorney
At The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, our Virginia legal team has helped thousands
of injured victims successfully obtain the compensation they need and
deserve. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident caused
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