The decision to take up motorcycle riding or to purchase your first motorcycle is a big one. Riding motorcycles is a hobby for some, and the preferred way of travel for others, but it can be dangerous. The most recent statistics on motorcycle accidents are from 2014, when 4,586 people died in motorcycle crashes while another 92,000 motorcyclists were injured. Still, the frequency of motorcyclists on the road has stayed consistent with 8.4 million motorcycles on the road that year. Being knowledgeable about motorcycle safety can help to prevent these accidents from occurring. Before you consider riding a bike for the first time, keep these safety tips in mind.
Know the Laws
Motorcycle laws can vary from state to state. It is important for your safety, and the safety of others on the road, to study up before taking your new bike out for a test drive. These laws were put in place to keep you safe as the rider, and could protect you from making a mistake that would lead to a potential accident. Different laws can range from helmet regulations to specific insurance requirements. Study up on these laws before making the decision to switch to a bike.
Buy the Appropriate Gear
Selecting the right bike, clothing, and protective wear can help to prevent accidents from occurring, and protect you if you fall during a ride. For the best protection, select materials made of leather. Denim and other traditional material rips and will leave you more vulnerable to road burn during a fall. Always wear clothes and proper footwear with good traction. We recommend dressing in layers so you are always prepared for unpredictable weather.
Check the Tire Condition
Before you hop on your newly purchased bike, check for proper tire condition and pressure. Remember to check for nails and debris that can be stuck in your tires and cause serious damage. Your bike’s tire pressure can drastically affect the way your bike performs and rides. When the tire pressure is low, your bike can be more difficult to control and could lead to an accident. Tire issues can result in deadly crashes, so it is important to keep a constant eye on your two wheels.
Take a Class
Every time you set out on your motorcycle, you are putting yourself at risk. It is important to have the proper motorcycle education and lessons completed before you make the switch to motorcycle travel. Knowing how to handle your bike and how to safely maneuver on the road are two of the most important skills to develop for everyone’s safety. Always remember to drive carefully and be respectful of the other drivers on the road.
Have you been affected by a recent motorcycle accident? The attorneys at Owen, Patterson & Owen may be able to help. Contact us or call us at 800-676-5295 for a free consultation to help you determine your options.