No motorcycle rider ever heads out onto the road knowing or anticipating that they are going to get into an accident, but unfortunately danger and tragedy can strike at nearly any moment. In many cases these accidents can result in serious and possibly permanent injuries. However, despite this inherent danger, a number of riders continue to disregard their best safety practices increase their chances of an injury. The most important key to avoiding an accident is to prevent it to the best of your ability by riding in the safest possible manner. Here are five tips for avoiding a serious accident and injury while riding.
Wear a Helmet
Numerous studies have shown that wearing a helmet while riding dramatically reduces the chances of a devastating head injury or even death in the event of an accident. So it’s still quite surprising how many riders opt not to wear a helmet. In fact, a helmet is universally mandatory in only 19 states! In Florida, you are required to wear a helmet while riding if you are under the age of 21, but it’s still highly advised that you continue to wear one beyond this age. An accident could result in a major head injury, but a helmet could make the difference between a full recovery and a permanent condition.
Wear Protective Clothing
Your head isn’t the only thing you should protect while riding. Always wear full riding gear, including long pants and long-sleeve shirts that are made of abrasion-resistant material such as leather or Kevlar. Protect your face with a full face shield or sunglasses to keep your eyes free from debris and dust. Reflective or brightly-colored clothing is also highly advised for night-time riding.
Keep Up Your Maintenance
Bikes require periodic preventative maintenance, just like a car would. Change your oil regularly, inspect and change your brakes when they wear down, and always make sure your tires have enough tread on them to allow you to ride safely. If any of your safety lights burn out, such as your turn signals, headlight, or tail light, replace them immediately before riding again.
Don’t Share Lanes
Always ride in a lane like a regular card would. “Lane splitting” is an extremely dangerous practice that some motorcycle riders take part in, but places them at an extreme risk for a high-speed collision with an unsuspecting car. While it’s okay to carefully weave your way to the front of the line at a stop light, or during heavy rush-hour traffic, you should never ride between moving cars at speeds higher than 10-15 miles per hour. A car may not see you when they decide to change lanes and merge straight into you.
Know & Improve Your Skill Level
Know your limits and don’t push them. Riding on the road in the middle of traffic is not the time to test yourself or push your expertise to new heights. However, if you do wish to improve your riding skills, take a class from a professional trainer. Many of these classes are highly affordable and can offer you a controlled and educational environment in which to learn more difficult maneuvers. This can make you more comfortable with executing them in a real-world riding environment and prevent a possibly dangerous accident from being forced to do something you aren’t comfortable with before you’re ready.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today to review your legal options. Our team has extensive experience standing up for the rights and best wishes of our clients, and we stop at nothing to ensure you receive justice in the form of compensation for your injuries. We recognize that clients rarely wish to have to deal with the legal system while recovering from a serious accident, which is why our Stuart motorcycle accident lawyers can fight on your behalf to obtain a successful outcome to your case.Call the Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at 866.675.4427 and schedule your initial consultation if you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident.