For many motorcycle enthusiasts, warm sunny weather beacons them to the great outdoors and the freedom of the road. If you count yourself among them, it is vital that you take the appropriate precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Motorcycles and cars share the same roadways, and the other drivers are unlikely to notice you on the road.
Motorcycle Riding Preparation
Although a quarter of motorcycle accidents don’t involve other vehicles, it is vital that you and your motorcycle are travel ready. The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program offers free training courses throughout the state for novices and seasoned riders alike. Take advantage of these in order to develop your riding expertise.
Have your motorcycle regularly serviced by a reputable motorcycle mechanic. Keep your tires properly inflated and fill your gas tank before traveling. With motorcycles and cars sharing the same streets, a well-maintained vehicle can be the difference between you avoiding an accident and tragedy.
Wear protective gear, including high-quality boots with thick rubber soles for good traction. Durable gloves and eye protection will help keep your hands and eyes safe while you are riding. Although the state does not require that drivers over the age of 21 wear a helmet, this piece of equipment can minimize the injuries you suffer in the event of a collision.
Motorcycle Safety Tips for the Road
Drivers of motorcycles and cars should both pay full attention when operating their vehicles. However, riding a motorcycle requires greater diligence because other drivers are less likely to notice you. While reflective gear can add to your visibility, the smaller size of your motorcycle in relation to their cars diminishes the threat level you pose. This subconscious response of car drivers is often the cause of crashes involving motorcycles and cars.
Therefore, it is your responsibility to remain vigilant when riding your motorcycle to keep yourself out of harm’s way. Intersections are a particularly dangerous place for motorcyclists. Watch the road and other vehicles carefully, riding in a bubble with fewer vehicles if possible.
Although you might be tempted to slow down as you approach, that action can cause accidents. If the drivers approaching from the other direction believe that your light has changed, they might fail to stop. Their failure to yield right of way can cause a collision. Only slow down or stop if an accident is imminent otherwise.
What to Do in a Collision
Even if you have taken the appropriate precautions, accidents can still occur. If you have been in a collision involving motorcycles and cars or other vehicles, you need to seek medical and legal assistance. Report the incident immediately to the proper authorities and wait to give your statement until you have spoken with an attorney.
Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices has helped others obtain the maximum compensation allowed for their motorcycle injuries. Call us for a free consultation to find out how our personalized services can help you