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There’s nothing like the feeling of hitting the open road on a sunny day. These lifesaving tips from a motorcycle accident attorney can help keep you safe and sound when you’re cruising the streets on your motorcycle.
1. Don’t buy more than you can handle. When looking for a bike, choose one that fits you. You should easily be able to rest both feet flat on the ground when seated, and it’s important to make sure handle bars and controls are within close reach. If a bike feels too heavy, it probably is.
2. Take a riding course. A motorcycle safety riding class will teach you techniques such as how to perform evasive emergency maneuvers. Many insurance companies offer a discount if you take an approved safety course and some states you may be allowed to skip the test part of the licensing process.
3. Wear the proper gear. Using a helmet can save your life. According to the NHTSA, in 2014 91 percent of fatally injured motorcyclists were helmeted in states with helmet laws that cover all riders, in contrast to only 28 percent in states with no helmet law. A full-face helmet is best.
High-visibility protective gloves, jackets and boots can provide protection from serious injury should you fall or become involved in an accident, and will help you stand out to other drivers.
4. Stay alert and be aware. Hazards such as oil, sand or wet leaves can cause a bike to slide unexpectedly, and potholes that you may barely notice in a car can pose a serious harzard when on a bike. Avoid tailgating–maintaining a safe following distance is crucial to ensure you have enough time to slow down, brake and react to obstacles in the road.
5. Don’t drink and ride. For your safety and the safety of others on the road, avoid alcohol when riding. Motorcyclists are still the biggest percentage of road users in the U.S. most likely to die in an alcohol-impaired crash. According to the NHTSA, more than 27 percent of motorcycle riders killed in crashes during 2012 were legally intoxicated.
If you do encounter problems or get into an accident, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. But please remember that prevention is the best medicine. Stay safe out there.
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