So many motorcycle riders often hear the same two words after telling someone they are going for a ride: “Be safe.” May is motorcycle safety month, so let’s examine the ways you can stay safe when riding a motorcycle. While you should take all the necessary precautions to be safe before and during your motorcycle ride, other drivers may not be as careful.
Remember, you may be able to recover financial compensation if another person’s negligent actions resulted in an accident. Doing so may be difficult on your own, so contact the injury attorneys at Setareh Law. We will launch a thorough investigation into the crash and seek justice on your behalf.
Find the Right Bike
Staying safe when motorcycle riding begins before you even hit the road. You need to pick the bike that is best for you and your needs. Too many people decide on a motorcycle based on how it looks, when this really should be the last factor you consider. Instead, look for the following when motorcycle shopping:
- Overall power
- Power-to-weight ratio
Ultimately, you should use your best judgment when buying a motorcycle. If you feel that a bike is too big, has too much power, or is too fast, find a different bike. The last thing you want is to buy something that you will not feel comfortable riding, which may put you at risk of an accident.
Always Wear Protective Gear When Motorcycle Riding
Make sure you always wear protective gear when riding a motorcycle, including a helmet. Remember, it is illegal to ride without a helmet in California. Eye protection, such as goggles or a face shield, will protect your eyes from road debris. Additionally, a helmet can protect your head from injuries if you fall off your bike.
Additionally, you should also wear boots and thick socks that cover your ankles, long pants or jeans, a leather jacket, and gloves. Many motorcyclists suffer from road rash when they fall off their bikes, which may cause severe cuts, abrasions, and burns.
Prep Your Motorcycle for a Trip
Ensuring that your motorcycle is fit for the road is just as important as practicing safe riding. Before any ride, you should always make sure that your bike is in good condition. Check for any cracks or bulges in your tires or signs of wear in the treads. Check under the motorcycle for signs of oil or gas leaks and test your high and low beams.
Once you get on the bike, make sure that the clutch and throttle are working smoothly, and clean your mirrors. Test front and rear brakes, as well. Each brake should feel firm and still hold the bike when you fully apply them.
Ride Defensively on Roads, Highways, and Interstates
Never assume that other drivers can see you. More than half of all motorcycle crashes result from a driver violating a motorcyclist’s right of way because they could not see them. You should always ride with your headlights on and signal well in advance before changing lanes. Always be cautious of turning vehicles, and never try to pass another car near an intersection. Turning cars might not see you and cause a crash. Finally, avoid riding in blind spots. They are immediately behind and in front of vehicles and to a drivers’ immediate left and right. Remember, riding defensively does not mean riding aggressively or recklessly. You must still follow all traffic laws and signs, including speed limits.
Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in California
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be confusing and overwhelming. You likely have hefty medical bills and property damage costs piling up. On top of that, you might be out of work without pay, only adding to your stress. If another person is to blame for your injuries, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at Setareh Law.
We are a group of passionate legal professionals who aggressively represent every claim victims bring to us. We will stop at nothing to ensure you receive compensation for any accident-related expense. You must not delay, though. You only have two years from the accident date to file a personal injury claim in California. The sooner you contact us, the more we can help your case. Call (310) 659-1826 or complete our contact form today.