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Five Motorcycle Safety Tips

As a motorcycle enthusiast, you know that you have the same rights and have to follow the same rules as do other motorists. Unfortunately, many other drivers take a dim view of motorcycle riders, and are quick to both judge them and to blame them for accidents – even those that aren’t the motorcyclist’s fault. The risk of being seriously injured in an accident is far greater for a motorcyclist than it is for a passenger or driver of a vehicle, and because of that it is very important that you follow all safety rules and take extra precautions to keep yourself out of harm’s way. Remember that if you are injured in a motorcycle accident and you believe that it was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit for compensation for the damage that you have suffered. Take the time to have an experienced attorney look at the facts and advise you as to whether you have a case against them. The professionals at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are here to help.

Staying safe while riding your motorcycle really focuses on five main areas. These are:

  •  Making sure that you can be seen: remaining visible is crucial to motorcycle safety. Not only do you need to make sure that your lights are working and that you have reflective strips on your clothing, bike, and helmet, but you also need to remember that motorists are not looking for motorcycles, and have a harder time seeing you then they do other, larger vehicles.
  • Make sure that you are protected: Riding a motorcycle safely requires making sure that you are equipped with a high-quality helmet to protect your head, ptective eye gear, clothing that covers your legs and arms so that you can avoid road rash and flying debris, and footwear that covers your toes, feet, and ankles.
  • Make sure you know the rules of the road: Though motorcycles invite a more daring approach to driving, succumbing to that temptation is not safe. Stick to the speed limit, avoid weaving between lanes, don’t follow too closely, and make sure that you do not get on your bike if you are under the influence of alcohol.
  • Use defensive driving strategies: Whether you like it or not, other drivers do not operate with the safety of motorcyclists in mind. That means that you need to drive as though you are completely invisible to other drivers and exercise extreme caution. Make sure that you have plenty of time to make turns in front of oncoming vehicles, and anticipate that they may turn in front of you.
  • Make sure your bike is well maintained and that you know how to operate it. Motorcycles are powerful vehicles, and it is important to your safety that you have been properly trained and that you are sure that it is always in good working order.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries that you’ve suffered. Contact the experienced attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today to learn more.