Riding a motorcycle is a beloved sport appreciated by thousands of individuals across the U.S. each year. Many riders say that riding is not something they simply do; it is a part of who they are. Whether you are an everyday rider or a weekend warrior, performing your motorcycle walk around or pre-ride inspection is the first step to avoiding an unnecessary accident.
Most accident prevention occurs before you throw your leg over the saddle. A preliminary ride safety checklist can help you decide if your bike is roadworthy and safe before you hit the road for your next ride. Motorcycle injuries can range from minor to extremely severe. After an accident, it is important for a victim to seek compensations to help them recover financially, physically, and emotionally. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact a Stuart motorcycle accident attorney as soon as you are able.
Pre-Ride Inspection Tips for Safer Riding
- Tire Pressure: During your inspection, be sure to check your tire pressure. Tire pressure for the front tire should be set around 30-32 psi, the rear tire should be set around 35-40 psi. Tire pressure that is too low or too high can cause maneuverability and handling problems.
- Electrical System Check: Be sure to check all electrical equipment for proper operation. During this part of the inspection make sure your horn, brake light, turn signals, and headlight are working properly.
- Leak Check: Look under the bike before you start it to make sure the bike isn't leaking fluid. Leaking oil can cause your tires to slip or spin out, which can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. When performing this check, also inspect around fuel lines and fittings to ensure gas isn't leaking from these areas. Gas leaks can cause fires during a ride which can result in a serious accident.
- Helmet Inspection: Make sure you are wearing a DOT approved helmet. The protective material inside helmets can degrade over time, if your helmet is a few years old or seems to be in less than perfect condition, replace it.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Please, contact the attorneys with Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. They work diligently to help victims of accidents recover the compensation they deserve.