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What can motorcyclists do to help stay safe on the road?

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Motorcycles can be very exciting to ride, but they can also be dangerous. There are steps that you can take to give yourself an advantage.

Two keys to remaining safe on a motorcycle are making sure that it’s right for your body type and experience. There are safety measures that you may want to employ to help stay safe.

The importance of choosing the right size motorcycle for you

You’ll want to pick a motorcycle with a smaller frame if you’re just getting started riding. Larger motorcycles tend to require you to have a lot of upper body strength to operate them, which can make them challenging to mount and maneuver. Motorcycles are particularly challenging to stop if they’re too tall for the user. Balancing can be challenging if you find yourself standing on your tiptoes as you operate it instead of standing flat-footed.

Motorcycle type can affect safety

Cruising and touring motorcycles are very different from each other. Cruising bikes tend to have a lower seat. Touring bikes tend to be on the heavier side. Trikes and motorcycles with sidecars make it easier to balance them.

Other steps you can take to protect your safety on a motorcycle

There are some additional steps that you can take to stay safe. These include the following:

  • Always wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet. You should replace it once every five years, or any time you have an accident.
  • You should regularly inspect your bike, and more specifically, your tires to ensure their proper inflation. This will help you when riding on wet roads.
  • Defensive driving classes can be beneficial, especially for less experienced riders.

Most motorcycle accidents are preventable if you receive adequate training on bike operation, utilize a motorcycle adequate for you and wear the appropriate gear. Motorcyclists do have to worry about motorists, though. They, unfortunately, cannot control how drivers operate their vehicles. An attorney can advise you of your right to file a claim if a motorist strikes you and leaves you injured.

 

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