Tips for Staying Safe when Riding your Motorcycle

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If you own a motorcycle, there’s nothing quite like being out on the open road. Motorcycles can be fun, but also dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration completed a survey of 2016 crash data, which found that motorcycle riders were 28 times more likely to be killed in an accident than people who were in other types of vehicles. Now that warm weather is here, people are more likely to go for a motorcycle ride. The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., want you to be safe on your motorcycle, so watch out for these hazards when riding.

Make safety your top priority

Compared to regular vehicles, motorcycles have stronger brakes, superior handling, and tires with a stronger grip. You can use these tools to avoid potential accidents—assuming you know how to use them. Every motorcycle owner should complete a basic rider course in motorcycle safety, and you may think about seeking out advanced classes as well to improve your motorcycle riding skill. Also, be sure to wear all proper safety gear at all times—especially a helmet!

Avoid “laying the bike down.” Slow down instead

If you see an accident coming and there is no way to avoid it, your best chance of surviving with minimal injuries is to slow down as much as you can before the impact occurs. You’ll shed more speed by keeping your motorcycle upright and using both brakes. In a motorcycle accident, a slowdown of even 10 mph could be the difference between life and death!

Ride at a pace that is comfortable for you

Those curvy back roads can be a good time on a motorcycle… until you turn a corner and find something in your path. Or, maybe you enter a corner at too high a speed. In either scenario, you probably are going to wipe out. Both these situations can be avoided by riding in accordance with your comfort level and posted speed limits and traffic signs. Maintain a riding pace where your ability to react fits within your available range of vision, and only ride your bike at speeds where you can see clearly and use visual clues like signs and telephone poles to judge the direction of a road.

Learn to use your front brake properly

There’s a sudden stop in traffic in front of you; you grab the front brake on instinct, and next thing you know, you’re off your bike as it continues hurtling down the road without you. The front brake on a motorcycle is more powerful than you might think. If you are a new rider, find a large, open space such as an empty parking lot and practice using the front brake. Once you’re comfortable, start working with it at higher speeds. You also could opt to buy a motorcycle with an anti-lock braking system.

Motorcycle Accident lawyer in Bristol

Motorcycle accidents can cause devastating injuries. If this happens to you or someone you love, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., are here for you. We can file a personal injury claim on your behalf, or even a wrongful death suit if a family member was killed in a motorcycle accident where they were not at fault. Schedule your free consultation today by calling our office at (276) 451-2056.

Representing the injured and disabled for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., are proud to serve clients in Bristol, Kingsport ,and Johnson City, Tennessee, as well as Bristol, Virginia.