An Introduction To Motorcycle Safety

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In 1894, Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first production motorcycle made available to the public. Ever since, motorcycles have become a preferred mode of transportation for countless riders around the world. Motorcycling has evolved into much more than a mere mode of transportation, becoming the center of an entire culture. An essential part of riding, whether you ride for long-distance travel, commuting, cruising, sport, racing or off-road, is safety for yourself and others.

As an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can explain, motorcycle riders may walk away from an accident with minimal injury, unfortunately, more commonly those riders are seriously injured or are killed. However, there are several things you can do to reduce your risk of getting into an accident.

Take a motorcycle safety course.

Regardless of your experience level, a motorcycle safety course can be beneficial if you ever find yourself in a sticky situation. Beginners will learn the rules of the road for motorcycles and valuable strategies for responding to unforeseen situations that will undoubtedly arise. 

Monitor weather conditions.

Wet and icy weather is especially hazardous for motorcycles. Before going out, check local weather forecasts and prepare accordingly. Wet road conditions commonly contribute to motorcycle accidents. If you are ever caught in wet weather, it may be best to pull over and wait for the weather to improve.

Wear safety gear.

While in the saddle, there is very little between you and the road, and other vehicles, for this reason, motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable. Wearing safety gear such as a helmet, protective clothing, boots, gloves, and eye protection, your risk for serious injury declines dramatically. Safety gear can make all the difference in an accident scenario.

Obey local traffic laws.

By following traffic laws, you are helping to contribute to a safer environment for everyone, including yourself. Speed, intoxication, and failing to stop can land you in serious trouble and lead to serious injury and accidents. You can also avoid receiving citations and incurring associated legal expenses and fines by riding by the rules. 

Take an advanced safety course.

Advanced riders may benefit from a safety course designed for those with more experience, covering topics such as collision avoidance maneuvers, advanced turning, control tips and braking techniques. Additionally, advanced riders who do not have a safety endorsement can also benefit from having documented proof of formal advanced safety training, which may be valuable from a legal standpoint.

When you understand the inherent risks of riding motorcycles, practice safe defensive riding – your risks for accidents decline drastically. As a rider you can only be in control of yourself. External factors like other drivers, and road conditions need to be taken seriously. Ultimately, when you get on a motorcycle, you are accepting a higher level of vulnerability, which many find to be thrilling and liberating. 

Thanks to Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC for their expertise in safe motorcycle riding habits.