Seven Motorcycle Safety Tips That Can Save Your Life

Last updated on: September 17, 2022

Experienced motorcycle riders understand the importance of safety. They know there is a fine line between a lovely day of riding with your buddies and a single accident ending with a terminal injury. 

Though publicity has increased regarding motorcycle safety in recent years, the majority of motorists are still naive when it comes to road safety. Unless you are a seasoned biker, you may not know some very basic safety tips when riding. 

Motorcycles make up only 3% of registered vehicles, but motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities in 2020. More than 5,000 motorcyclists die from road accidents each year.

As the driver of a car or truck, you can prevent motorcyclist deaths by looking out for motorcycles on the road and giving them extra space. As a motorcyclist, you can potentially save your life by minding the following safety tips:

1. Wear a Well-Constructed Helmet

Some states require motorcyclists to wear helmets, but many do not. Many states require riders at or below a certain age (17, 18, 20, or 25) to wear a helmet.

While it might be exhilarating to feel the wind on your face, a helmet could save you from a serious head injury or even death. This is not the piece of equipment to save money on: Invest in a well-constructed helmet that provides crucial protection for your brain.

2. Get Professional Training

If you are young or inexperienced, spend a little money getting lessons from a trained expert. You may think you know what you are doing, but there is so much to learn from professionals, and these lessons could save your life one day.

Even if you have some experience, you might find it worthwhile to take lessons and sharpen your skills. Lessons can reinforce what you already knew and give you the confidence to continue good habits. Alternatively, lessons might remind you to slow down and take some steps that you have been skipping after years of practice.

3. Never Drink and Drive!

While this tip might sound like a given, going out on a motorcycle can be a social event. It might involve several bikers grabbing drinks before going for a ride.

As a motorcyclist, you have to make up for other drivers’ lack of awareness toward you on the road. If you are also battling your own reduced judgment, lack of coordination, and slower reaction time, then you are greatly increasing your chances of being in an accident.

4. Stay Alert While Riding

Always keep an eye on the traffic around you, and do not allow yourself to get distracted. Sometimes you can see that certain drivers have no idea that they have a motorcycle in the lane next to them. If those drivers do not realize you are there, their likelihood of pulling over into you increases.

Watch out for potholes, slick spots, and road debris. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by flaws in the road that you would not notice if you were in an automobile.

Ruts, grooves, debris in the road such as loose gravel, or slick spots are all potential hazards for a motorcycle rider. Any type of rut or bump can send you and your motorcycle flying through the air. Remember, it is not the flight that could kill you; it is the sudden impact with the pavement.

5. Maintain Your Bike

Keep your motorcycle or tricycle in excellent working condition. Do not ride it if you have bald tires or steering problems. Certain types of mechanical issues can greatly curtail your ability to control the bike.

If you have just taken your bike in for maintenance and you notice an issue with it, do not take the chance of continuing to ride it. Take it back in and fix the problem. No issue is too small when your life is on the line.

6. No Speeding

Many deadly motorcycle accidents in our country involve speeding. While speeding may be part of the thrill of riding a motorcycle, it can reduce the amount of time you have to react to obstacles in the road.

7. Be Visible

Motorists simply do not watch out for motorcycle riders. Often, a car turning left will hit a motorcyclist coming straight from the opposite direction.

Be aware that drivers are not looking out for you and do everything you can to be visible. Wear bright colors. Always use your headlights and blink your brakes a few times before slowing down. Honk your horn if you feel threatened.

Need Help? Contact Zinda Law Group Today

If you or someone you know has been in a motorcycle accident, then you may need a skilled personal injury lawyer. Zinda Law Group offers professional legal advice to those who have been injured after crashes. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you have many questions to go with mounting medical bills and lost wages from being unable to work.

When determining fault regarding a motorcycle injury, the parties consider several factors. For instance, if the city did not properly maintain the road on which the accident occurred, then you may have legal grounds for a lawsuit. 

Sometimes injuries to motorcycle riders occur when a truck in front of them loses part of its load. If dirt, gravel, landscaping materials, or even building materials fly out of the back of the truck in front of you, then you can be seriously injured.

Zinda Law Group has been offering legal assistance to Americans for many years. Our personal injury law firm understands the intricacies of state law when it comes to motorcycle accidents. We can do a full investigation of all the facts of the case and assist you if you should want or need to move forward with legal action.

Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with our professional attorneys at Zinda Law Group today if you need help or have questions. The call is free, and it can help you understand your legal rights and make informed decisions about what to do to get compensation after being injured in a motorcycle accident.

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