Best ideas to avoid motorcycle accidents this riding season
Many residents of greater-Wilmington ride motorcycles as a hobby and lifestyle. Some simply prefer them as a mode of transportation. Since the warmer weather has arrived, motorcyclists are dusting off their bikes and taking to the open road.
Whether you’re an experienced or novice rider, you can never possess enough practical knowledge and experience. There are simply too many other drivers who often fail to consider the safety of motorcyclists.
Speeding, distracted driving, reckless driving, and impaired driving are some of the leading causes of fatal motorcycle crashes. Even some drivers who don’t engage in this type of behavior may fail to see motorcycles or keep a safe distance from them.
That’s why before riding this season, it’s best to brush up on your skills and take safety precautions.
Safety tips for this riding season
BookMotorcycle Tours offers some safety tips you should take into consideration during this riding season. These include:
- Ride only according to your skill: If you’re a novice rider, only focus on the basics and avoid maneuvers that could potentially cause a crash.
- Take a safety course: Before riding a motorcycle, you are required to take the mandatory safety courses and obtain your Class M license. Even if you have obtained your license, taking additional courses from time to time can only help.
- Ensure your bike is safe to ride: Before taking the motorcycle out, always make sure your lights, brakes, wheels, tires, signals, and horn are working properly. If you notice any defects, get them fixed immediately. It also helps to get an inspection done by an experienced mechanic before riding.
- Wear safety gear: Not only are motorcycle helmets required by North Carolina law, they can help mitigate the risk of sustaining a severe head injury in the event of a crash. In addition, motorcyclists should always wear boots, long pants, a long shirt, jacket, and gloves.
- Look out for road hazards and ride defensively: Road defects such as sand, debris, and large puddles can be dangerous for motorcyclists. In addition, it’s advisable to maintain a safe distance from passenger vehicles and commercial trucks, as the actions of other drivers can be unpredictable.
Your legal rights as a motorcyclist
Motorcyclists aren’t afforded the same protections as passenger vehicle drivers. When a crash occurs, the consequences can be devastating, or even fatal. Injured motorcyclists likely suffer:
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Lacerations, bruises, and abrasions
- Head injuries
If a driver’s reckless or negligent actions resulted in crash, he or she should be held accountable. Contact the Law Offices of Richard Flexner to discuss your legal options.