Motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous types of vehicle accidents that occur, and preventing collisions and injuries should be a top priority for all motorcycle riders. If you or a loved one ride a motorcycle, be aware of these 5 critical safety tips that can prevent an accident or save your life.
1. Wear the Right Gear
A motorcycle helmet is crucial when riding a bike, but it’s not the only safety gear you need. Road rash occurs frequently in motorcycle accidents, and can cause life-threatening abrasions on exposed skin. Never ride a motorcycle while wearing shorts, and always wear thick, leather protective clothing. Chaps and a leather jacket can prevent serious injuries in the event that you are involved in a motorcycle collision.
2. Don’t Ride in Adverse Weather
Choosing to ride in adverse weather can be risky. When it is raining, snowing, or sleeting, keep your bike in the garage. Motorcycles have poor traction and can easily slip or slide on wet or icy roads. Additionally, when visibility is poor, you are more likely to be involved in an accident.
3. Take a Class and Practice
Don’t overestimate your motorcycle operating skills. Riding at increased speeds or weaving in and out of traffic is very dangerous, especially for beginning riders. Consider taking a motorcycle driving class and learning as much as possible about motorcycle safety and operation, and always avoid situations that involve more riding skill than you have.
4. Never Ride While Intoxicated or Fatigued
Riding a motorcycle takes exceptional skill and alertness. Never ride your motorcycle when you are intoxicated, or if you are very tired. Failure to be alert when operating a motorcycle can lead to preventable accidents, like missing turns or going too fast around a curve. If you are tired or intoxicated, ask a friend for a ride or take a cab and pick your bike up later.
5. Make Sure Your Passengers Are Riding Safe Too
If you are taking a passenger on your motorcycle, make sure they are wearing the proper safety gear as well, including a helmet and thick protective clothing. Never ride a motorcycle with a passenger for the first time on the open road. Instead, practice riding with a passenger in a safe area, like an empty parking lot, to get a feel for how you will need to maneuver the bike with the extra weight.
Contacting a California Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, the financial and emotional costs can be astronomical. You need the skills and expertise of a seasoned California motorcycle accident attorney to advocate for you to be awarded compensation for your injuries and suffering. Contact the Law Offices of Carl L. Brown today to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney specializing in motorcycle accidents. Call now at (559) 431-4400.