Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riders
Motorcycle are one of the most vulnerable vehicles on the road. There are no seat belts, no metal doors protecting you from impacts, and no airbags to cushion you in an accident. There are some safety measure motorcyclists can take to prevent an accident and to prevent injuries if a collision occurs. All riders know that the best way to stay safe is ride cautiously and defensively, and anticipate the risks posed by negligent drivers. Here are some tips to do so effectively:
- Wear Bright Colors: Wearing clothing with vibrant colors will allow drivers to see you more easily. Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles on the road, so anything that will make a driver notice you more can help prevent an accident.
- Stay Out of Blind Spots: Our mirrors can’t show us everything on the road, and considering the fact bikes are smaller and accelerate faster than cars and trucks, it’s easier to be side-swiped in an accident if you remain in the blind spot of other drivers for too long. The best thing you can do is to safely speed up or slow down to be at an angle where the other drivers can see you more easily.
- Wear a DOT Approved Helmet: Head injuries are very serious, and are all too common in motorcycle crashes. Keep yourself protected by always wearing a helmet that meets the United States Department of Transportation standards for protective gear. No other piece of safety equipment can preserve your life or serious injury like a helmet. We all like the feeling of the wind blowing in our hair, but it’s not worth the risk.
- Use Cautionary Driving Practices: This includes a myriad of things, such as signaling properly and avoiding lane-splitting when gaps are too narrow or traffic is moving at a high speed. It’s also a good idea to keep the advised amount of car lengths between you and other vehicles. Overall, be a defensive rider; driver negligence happens every day so it’s best to be prepared.
- Regularly Perform Maintenance on Your Bike: Conduct your own inspections or have a mechanic do it for you. Perform them at least once a month and do what you have to to keep your motorcycle running smoothly. That means testing the lights, turn signals, and brakes; checking the oil and fuel levels; and optimizing mirror positions.
- Purchase High Quality Gear: This is an area that many riders skimp on, even though it’s just as important as the other safety measures. Your gear is in many ways your only line of defense in an accident. In addition to a helmet, a motorcyclist should wear protective gloves, eye wear, a reinforced leather jacket, durable leather pants, and tough boots or shoes.
- Avoid Riding at Night or When Tired: Sometimes it is impossible to avoid riding during the evening hours or after a long and tiring day. However, if you have the option to stay somewhere overnight, opt for waiting until the next day when there is good visibility and better rested drivers. It’s not always possible, but it is certainly the safer choice.
At Bergener Mirejovsky, we are committed to increasing motorcycle safety awareness. Attorney James Bergener and his wife both ride, and understand first hand the importance of defensive riding. There are many drivers on the roads who don’t take basic precautions for sharing the road with motorcyclists. Following the safety tips above will help you avoid being involved in an accident, as well as keep you physically safer should a collision occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in California, talk to a personal injury attorney with the experience and resources to protect your interests. For a free consultation regarding your specific case, call us at 1-800-881-2021 today. Your call will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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