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Motorcycles can be fun to ride, especially as the weather begins to cool off in East Tennessee. However, riding a motorcycle may not be the safest mode of travel.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely, as opposed to people inside a vehicle, to get killed in a crash. This means that as a motorcycle driver it is up to you to take extra precautions to ensure your safety and those riding with you.
Whether you ride a motorcycle for your daily commute or are looking forward to weekend rides through the mountains this colorful fall season, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., has compiled a list of tips to help you avoid getting involved in a motorcycle accident.
Take a safety class – Riding a motorcycle may seem second nature to some drivers. However, for others it may be new, and unfamiliar to handle such a beast. It is a good idea to take a motorcycle safety course to ensure you are familiar with the emergency evasive maneuvers when on the road. These instances may seem easy to do in a vehicle, but maneuvering a motorcycle at the spur of the moment is not an easy feat for an inexperienced driver. A bonus is that some insurance carriers will provide you with a discount on your premium for completing a safety course.
Purchase the right bike – Motorcycles are available in a variety of sizes. You really do not have to drive the biggest bike out there. Be sure that the bike you choose is easy for you to handle and that you are confident when driving it.
Assess your bike before driving – Just like a vehicle, it is always a good idea to give your bike a look over before heading out on the road. Are the tires properly inflated? Do you notice any leaks that could result in a malfunction or an accident? Are your brakes working properly? Make sure your bike appears to be in working order and can function safely to the best of your knowledge.
Check the weather – No one really wants to ride a motorcycle in unfavorable weather, but be sure to check the conditions for the rest of the day (or evening). It may be nice out by the time you leave, but what will it be like over the next few hours or into the night when you plan on driving? Icy roads, wind gusts, or even rain can impact the safety of your commute on a motorcycle.
Wear a helmet – Helmets undoubtedly cause you to get hot and sweaty, especially during the warmer months. But, being a little sweaty is far better than getting into an accident without a helmet! Tennessee and Virginia have helmet laws; meaning anyone operating or riding on a motorcycle must wear a helmet. However, people can become lax when cruising around a parking lot or even on their own property. Never, under any circumstances, ride without your helmet!
If you have been injured or have lost the life of a loved one who was involved in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another driver, let the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., fight for you and your interests. Contact our office by calling us at (276) 451-2056 to schedule a free consultation.
Representing the injured and disabled for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., is proud to serve clients in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, TN, as well as Bristol, VA.