Motorcycle Season: How to Keep Yourself Safe

19 July 2023
Emily Bush
Motorcycle Season: How to Keep Yourself Safe

You’ve taken your bike out for the summer and you are ready to hit the road. Here are some reminders on how to stay safe as you enjoy one of your favorite hobbies:

  1. Check the Weather. As Ohioans, most of us know our weather can be fickle. Snow can fall in late spring and thunderstorms roll in fast during the summer. Driving in wet and icy weather is hazardous for bikers because your wheels have less traction than a car and visibility is worse. If the forecast looks like it could turn bad, consider planning a shorter trip or rescheduling to another day.
  2. Inspect Your Bike. If you store your bike away during the winter months, make sure to perform a detailed inspection of all your bike’s systems before taking it out on the road. It is also a good idea to perform a quick check of your turn signals, headlights, and taillights before each trip out.
  3. Be Visible. Although vehicle drivers should pay attention to their surroundings while driving, motorcyclists can make an effort themselves to make it easier to be seen. Avoid other drivers’ blind spots, drive with your headlights on, wear reflective or bright clothing, and always use turn signals and hand signals.
  4. Wear a Helmet. As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37 out of every 100 motorcycle operators could be saved if all 100 of those riders had been wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Wearing a helmet is a simple yet effective way to help prevent injury and even death if a collision does occur.
  5. Take Caution When Changing Lanes. Both motorcycle riders and vehicle drivers have a responsibility to safely share the road with each other. When a car suddenly cuts off a motorcycle rider, the rider might be rear-ended because he or she has to stop short. The rider also may be caused to swerve as a result and strike another vehicle. Both bikers and car drivers should leave plenty of room in front of them, use signals, and avoid being placed in a blind spot.

According to the NHTSA, approximately 80% of crashes involving motorcycles result in injury or death. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident with a car while on a motorcycle, please call our office for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.

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