Safety Tips For Motorcycle Riders
Motorcycle wrecks have the highest rate of fatality of all motor-vehicle collisions and are more likely to result in serious and debilitating injuries. For this reason, it is important for Arizona motorcyclists to take every precaution possible to protect themselves in the event of a motorcycle accident.
By following these safety tips, you increase your chances of walking away from an Arizona motorcycle accident.
Before Getting on the Road
Before taking your motorbike out on the road, it is important to make sure that it is functioning properly. Check the oil and fuel levels and test the lights, brakes and turn signals on the bike.
If it has been awhile since you have used your motorcycle, a more extensive once-over is necessary. Check the cables on the bike to make sure that they arent worn or frayed and that the tires are correctly inflated and in good condition.
Proper Motorcycle Apparel
The sense of freedom while riding a bike is what attracts most motorcycle enthusiasts. However, when you are on the open road, there is very little, if any, barrier between you and the pavement.
Investing in proper riders apparel can provide you with much needed protection if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. It is recommended that all motorcyclists wear the following while riding:
- Helmet: Investing in a high-quality helmet could be the difference between a fatality and a less severe injury. It has been proven that helmets reduce the risk of head and neck injury by over 30 percent. While Arizona helmet laws do not require riders over the age of 18 to wear a helmet; it is still a recommended safety practice for motorcyclists of all ages.
- Eye Protection: If your helmet does not come with a face shield, it is important to wear goggles or glasses with safety lenses to protect your eyes. In addition to protecting your eyes in the event of an accident, proper eye protection could keep your vision clear of bugs, dirt and other debris from the road.
- Leather Jacket and Pants: Tough leather will protect a motorcycle accident victim against road rash injuries. Road rash is defined as abrasions and scrapes caused by sliding across a paved road.
- Boots or Sneakers: It is important to wear boots or sneakers that cover your ankles while riding a motorcycle.Proper footwear will protect you while riding and can prevent injury in the event of a wreck.
- Gloves: Durable, non-slip gloves can protect a motorcyclists hands in all kinds of weather conditions. In the event of a crash, a good pair of gloves can help a rider brace against a fall.
Admittedly, while these items can only add a small degree of protection in a serious crash, in the event of a minor traffic incident, having these protective items will definitely help to minimize injuries and increase your chances of survival.
Important Safety Tips While on the Road
There are a few safety precautions that all motorcyclists should take while sharing the road with other drivers. These include:
- Knowing your motorcycles limits
- Following the speed limit
- Properly using indicators
- Avoiding reckless driving; dont tailgate, weave through traffic or drive on the shoulder of the road, for example
- Be careful to avoid other drivers blind spots
Arizona Motorbike Accident Lawyers
An Arizona motorcycle accident can be traumatic for everyone involved. While these motorcycle safety tips are intended to keep motorcyclists safe on the roads, sometimes an accident is unavoidable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle wreck, it is important to seek legal counsel from an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
If the accident was caused by the actions or negligence of another driver, you may be eligible for legal recourse to recover losses from medical bills,property damage, pain and suffering, and other damages related to the accident.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Arizona motorcycle accident victims or to begin exploring your legal options with an attorney at Phillips Law Group, contact us toll-free on 1 800 706 3000.
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