If you are one of many people taking your motorcycle out of the garage this summer, it may help to pay close attention to this blog. Although motorcycles are an effective form of transportation and popular hobby for enthusiasts, they also come with certain dangers.
Many dangers are created by other motorists, such as distracted or inattentive drivers. However, lack of visibility is another primary cause of motorcycle accidents. Fortunately, there are methods riders may be able to use to prevent motorcycle accidents. In the event riders are involved in collisions, there are also ways that might reduce the chances of serious injuries.
5 Tips that May Prevent Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries
Visibility: Staying visible is one of the most effective ways to avoid accidents. Increasing your visibility can be done in several ways. The most obvious way is to wear bright clothing. However, riders can purchase bright motorcycles or use reflective tape (which can attach to clothing or motorcycles).
Riding techniques: Riding involves knowing how to avoid hazards. Road debris and sudden traffic can be deadly on a motorcycle. Swerving and braking techniques are necessary to avoid these hazards.
Training: New and advanced riders can gain safety knowledge and learn new techniques from motorcycle safety programs. Make sure the course is certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. There are also different types of courses depending on skill level, such as basic, intermediate and advanced courses.
Maintenance: Tires and other parts can easily succumb to wear and tear. It is essential to have tires that can handle braking and turning.
Equipment: Helmets can reduce the chances of suffering a fatal or severe traumatic brain injury during an accident. Some companies also make riding gear made out of Kevlar, the same material used in bulletproof vests, that can prevent road rash.
The Lafayette personal injury attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat can help riders and their families hold negligent motorists accountable for accidents.