Motorcycle Accident Prevention Tips

Motorcycle Accident Prevention Tips

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.

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 by a negligent party, you need the assistance of a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney. We will advocate for your right to all applicable damages.

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