Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 8:27 am
Staying safe on today’s roads is important for everyone, but especially for motorcycle riders. The dangers of speeding, motorists under the influence, and distracted drivers can be even more hazardous for those on motorcycles. Many people love to ride their motorcycles, especially when the weather is nice, but it’s important to take steps to protect yourself on your bike. In the event of a crash, bikers are much more likely to suffer traumatic injury or even death, as compared to those in traditional cars, trucks, or vans.
If you or someone you love rides a motorcycle, here are some safety tips to keep in mind every time you get on the road:
- Wear your helmet
It may sound like common sense, but far too many people fail to wear proper gear when riding, and put themselves at risk for serious harm. Make a habit of putting on your helmet before you even start up the engine, and provide helmets for your passengers too. Look for a model that is rated for motorcycle safety, and has options for face/eye protection.
- Ride defensively
Motorcycles are not as visible as cars, and this puts you at greater risk on the road. Don’t assume that your fellow motorists can see you. Always be aware of your surroundings, try to anticipate the actions of drivers, use your signals, and be cautious when stopping and turning. Also, consider wearing highly visible or reflective clothing.
- Know how to handle your bike
Riding a motorcycle safely takes some practice, and there are steeper consequences for mistakes made on a bike. Take time to get comfortable with your motorcycle, and understand how it handles in various conditions. Make sure it’s fitted to your body properly, and you are 100% in control at all times.
- Be awake and sober
It should go without saying, but don’t get on your motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or when you’re sleep-deprived. It takes skill and coordination to operate a bike safely, so refrain from riding when you’re not at your best. Get a ride from a friend, hire a Lyft or Uber, or use public transport if you know you’ll be unable to drive.
Riding motorcycles can be a lot of fun, and if you are smart and savvy about it, you won’t have to call a motorcycle injury attorney in Atlanta. Follow these tips to stay safe on the road, and if you have other questions about motorcycle injuries, reach out to us at the law office of Jonathan R. Brockman.