Staying safe on a motorcycle, despite the risks

You know that riding a motorcycle comes with several inherent risks. You can get into an accident in any vehicle, of course — all it takes is one mistake by another driver — but the odds of injury are far higher on a motorcycle.

So, can you do anything to stay safe and protect yourself, especially since the actions of other drivers are out of your control? You certainly can. It’s important to:

  • Become a defensive driver. Watch other cars, anticipate mistakes, and drive in a way that prioritizes safety.
  • Wear the right motorcycling gear. This starts with a highly-rated motorcycle helmet, but you also want to consider bright colors and reflective vests to make yourself more visible.
  • Understand the traffic laws and follow them to the letter. Do not take risks. Try to limit your own mistakes. You cannot control others, but you do have control over how you drive.
  • Make sure that your top goal, as a motorcyclist, is just to stay safe. This mindset can go a long way.
  • Check your bike before every ride to make sure that it is in optimal working condition.
  • Understand the specific risks you face, such as drivers not seeing you and turning in front of you.
  • Don’t ride if you’re not in the perfect mental state to do so. For instance, if you have been drinking or if you are feeling exhausted, stay off of your bike.

Following these basic rules can certainly help you, but you may still get into an accident. Make sure you know what rights you have to financial compensation.

On behalf of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Monday, October 14, 2019.