Spring has sprung. And in addition to flowers and beachgoers, the warm weather also brings out motorcyclists. That’s right; it is officially motorcycle season across the United States and Canada. Whether hopping on his or her bike just to go to work, or to take a long trip with friends across state lines, you will be sure to see a huge increase in motorcyclists on the roads in the upcoming months.
But for all you motorcyclist out there (and for all of you with clients on bikes), FindLaw has some safety tips before you hit the road. To begin, just because you are aware of fellow motorcyclist on the road does not mean that cars and trucks have the same level of awareness. The reality is that our roads are dominated by cars and trucks that are much bigger than even the largest motorcycles. Although motorcycles only account for 2% of traffic accidents, these accidents account for 14% of all road traffic deaths, according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety.
“For freedom of the road, motorcyclists take on greater risks. But you can reduce your risks by doing four simple things,” says personal injury attorney Timothy D. Mahon. “Make sure you’re properly insured, wear a helmet, make sure your bike is in good working condition and keep learning, so you are always improving your riding skills.” In addition to these four great tips, FindLaw has some tips of our own as you embark on motorcycle season:
1. Wear the gear: put on your helmet, strap on some leather and make sure you wear proper eyewear and gloves. Choose clothing that makes sure you are seen by other drivers and protected in the event of a crash.
2. Get Covered: Check to make sure your insurance covers your motorcycle and always carry it on you in the event of a crash
3. Know your bike: If you are one of the many riders who have not touched their bikes since late last summer, or who have recently purchased a new bike, make sure you get to know your bike before heading out onto crowded streets or highways. Always check your bike before heading out to ensure it is in good working condition and consider upgrading certain safety features on your bike such as anti-lock brakes.
Those are just some of the many tips we have for you this motorcycle season. Visit FindLaw.com for a complete list as well as resources on insurance, liability, accident protection, and a directory of attorneys who can help if you are injured in an accident.
— Michelle Croteau, Director, Marketing Communications
with Laura Strachan, FindLaw Audience Team