For motorcyclists, the ultimate goal should be to stay safe and free from the severe injuries that often accompany a motorcycle collision. With the summer months coming and more people choosing the freedom to ride their motorcycles, motorcyclists need to know how to stay safe. Below, our team will provide you with some tips to do just that.
Always Wear Proper Motorcycle Gear
While the right gear won’t prevent an injury entirely, the clothing you wear, and a helmet, can minimize the impact of a crash. For instance, wearing pants and a jacket with padding can prevent you from sustaining road rash if a crash pushes you to the ground.
Be As Visible As Possible
As a motorcyclist, you want to ensure that other drivers can see you. You’re on a smaller vehicle, and drivers may not always look to their blind spots to find you. Make sure you remain as visible as possible with the proper clothing and where you ride.
Give Distance to Others
Stay back from other vehicles when riding and avoid tailgating. Even more, if another vehicle is close behind you, move to another lane so that they pass you. Look to your sides and make sure you identify potential signs of negligence, such as a driver swerving toward you.
Maintain Your Bike with a Checklist
Before you ride, make sure that your motorcycle is maintained properly. Check your brakes and levers, your seat, your handles, and more. Ensuring that everything is safe for operation can keep you out of harm’s way.
Never assume that a driver will be safe around you. When someone else is negligent, they can cause you severe injuries. You can safeguard your rights by hiring legal counsel to help you in these situations. A lawyer can help prove your case and seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Our Fairfax motorcycle accident lawyers at Shevlin Smith are here for you. Allow us to seek the maximum compensation available to you. We’re here to help you.
Contact our firm today at (703) 721-4233 for a free consultation.