Warmer weather means more opportunities for motorcyclists to enjoy the open road. While many riders may be thinking about getting their bikes ready for the season, it’s also a good time to consider how it can be made a safer one.
Although the actions of others cannot be controlled, a greater awareness of potential dangers and taking steps to improve one’s safety can go a long way in reducing the chance of a motorcycle accident and injuries. So although physical preparation of the motorcycle is important, so is personal preparation.
Tips for Reducing Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
Since accidents can’t always be prevented, certain tips may help reduce severity of injuries. One is to wear a protective helmet. Although not required by law in the state of Illinois, it may prevent serious head trauma, including brain damage, in the event of an accident. Helmets with face shields are even more protective, especially since eye protection is required unless the bike has a windscreen.
Heavier material (such as leather) provides better protection to the body. Arms and legs should be covered to prevent injuries such as road rash. Invest in a good pair of nonslip gloves and durable boots for riding.
Tips for Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents
One of the most important things that motorcyclists need to remember is that they may not be visible to other motorists, especially when traffic is congested. Intersections also tend to be the most dangerous area for bikes. This means a rider should never assume that he/she can be seen.
The following are additional tips for reducing the chance of being involved in a motorcycle accident:
- drive the posted speed limit;
- ensure all parts of the bike are in good working condition;
- keep a safe distance from other vehicles;
- obey traffic signals, signs and laws;
- use turn signals (or hand signals);
- don’t weave through traffic or ride on the shoulder;
- avoid other vehicles’ blind spots; and
- use headlights.
If despite these precautions an accident occurs, victims may speak with an attorney at Franks & Rechenberg to go over legal options to recover compensation for damages.