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No matter how long you’ve been riding a motorcycle, safety begins before you even get on your bike. From preparing your motorcycle for a ride to following the rules of the road, here are some tips to help keep your ride safe, fun, and enjoyable.
Before Your Ride:
- Take a motorcycle safety course.
Regardless of your experience, safety courses let you refresh your skills with professional instructors in a controlled, closed-course environment.
- Test the bike’s safety equipment.
Lights, brakes, and turn signals should all be in working order.
- Protect your head.
Ensure your helmet fits properly, and make sure your passengers are also wearing helmets.
- Wear proper rider protection.
Long pants, a riding jacket, gloves, and boots cover your exposed skin and help reduce your risk of serious injury.
- Be visible.
Attach reflective accents to your riding gear to increase your visibility to other motorists on the road.
- Ride sober.
Never consume alcohol and get on a motorcycle.
On the Road:
- Know the rules of the road.
Obey all traffic laws, and use proper signals when turning.
- Use caution on unfamiliar roads.
Loose gravel, potholes, and road construction can create riding hazards.
- Pay attention to traffic in all directions.
It’s easy to notice what’s in front of you, but oncoming traffic and traffic behind you can also pose safety hazards.
- Wait out bad weather.
Pull over and wait for conditions to improve during hazardous weather.
- Check twice at intersections.
Check your left, right, and then left again before proceeding through any intersection to help minimize your chance of a collision.
We’re Here to Help
At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, we know that even when you take all necessary safety precautions, accidents can still happen. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, our Ohio motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help get you the compensation you’re owed. Contact us today—just dial (888) 900-6075 or complete a free initial consultation form.