If you have ever been on a motorcycle, you can likely attest to how much fun they can be to ride. They are fast, maneuverable, and provide operators with a connection with the road that few other vehicles can. Unfortunately, these same characteristics can make them extremely dangerous, and thousands of motorcyclists are injured in serious accidents each year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are certain steps you should take to make sure you are “road ready” to ride your motorcycle. These include the following:
- Obtain the Proper License – Driving a motorcycle requires a different set of skills than it takes to drive a car, and all states require that people obtain a motorcycle endorsement in addition to their regular driver’s license.
- Practice – Motorcycles vary significantly in terms of responsiveness and handling. For this reason, you should take the time to acquaint yourself with any new or unfamiliar bike that you ride. Be sure you know how the motorcycle handles in various conditions, including in poor weather and when you are carrying a passenger or cargo.
- Practice Proper Motorcycle Maintenance – You should check your motorcycle’s condition before each time you ride. Some of the things to look at include tire pressure, tread depth, headlights, signal indicators, foot and hand brakes, and fluid levels. Be sure to adjust the suspension and tire pressure if you are carrying cargo or another person on your bike with you.
Accidents Can Happen in Spite of Motorcyclist Safety Practices
While following the advice provided above will reduce your risk of involvement in an accident, there is no way to eliminate the inherent risks associated with riding a motorcycle. Other drivers will continue to drive carelessly, putting everyone on the road at risk. Here are some of the more common ways that other motorists can cause serious motorcycle accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely
- Impaired driving
- Ignoring stop signs or stop lights
Call a Gainesville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
Motorcycle wrecks can leave victims with extremely serious injuries that can change the course of their lives. At Meldon Law, our Gainesville motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to representing the rights of people hurt in preventable incidents and understand how to get our clients the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 800-373-8000 or send us an email through our online contact form.