Summer might be nearing its end, but it will still be motorcycle season for a few months to come. Motorcyclists will take advantage of good weather whenever they can, even after the trees change color.
No matter the season, the road can still be dangerous – even for the most experienced motorcyclist. So, how can you stay safe on the road?
There are a few steps that you can take, including:
1. Check your bike before every trip
Most motorcyclists want to ensure their motorcycle is in good condition. After all, they take pride in their ride.
However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that motorcyclists should inspect their motorcycle regularly, including before every ride. You should:
- Monitor tire pressure;
- Check your headlights and signals;
- Check the brakes; and
- Check for leaks.
Making sure that your motorcycle is in good working condition is critical to help increase your safety.
2. Wear the proper gear
Laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets can be a point of controversy for many. Pennsylvania law only requires motorcyclists to wear helmets if they are under 21. However, studies prove that helmets can significantly reduce the chance of serious or even fatal injuries in the event of an accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmets help to mitigate:
- The risk of death by 37%; and
- The risk of head injuries by 69%.
You should consider wearing the proper helmet and other layers of protection when you go for a ride.
3. Drive defensively
You must ensure you are always defensive and alert whenever you take to the road. As we have discussed in previous blog posts, all motorists have a duty to drive responsibly. This means that drivers in larger vehicles must also be aware of motorcyclists and vice versa.
Unfortunately, motorists often overlook motorcyclists because of their small size. You can help reduce the risks you face in these situations by:
- Avoiding alcohol;
- Following traffic laws;
- Ensuring you are visible; and
- Avoiding distractions.
All motorists must drive defensively and share the road, but motorcyclists must take the risks they face seriously.
Injured motorcyclists should not wait to seek help
If you or a loved one suffers a catastrophic injury in a motorcycle accident, you need the experienced support and help you can trust.
Attorney Michael P. McDonald exclusively represents accident victims, and he is the only Nationally Board-Certified expert recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Lancaster County. He has extensive experience and is prepared to help you after an accident.