Motorcycle Safety Guidelines
We recognize that while riding motorcycles is a popular and enjoyable pastime, it can be dangerous. Operating a motorcycle requires proper training and a great deal of skill and knowledge. Although a motorcycle is a motor vehicle, driving and riding a motorcycle is much different than driving or riding in a car or truck. Motorcycles provide little protection making proper training and skill essential for protection. If you, a friend or family member are motorcyclists or are thinking of becoming one, look into your state laws regarding motorcycles and motorcycle operation. By making sure you or a loved one is properly trained and licensed to operate a motorcycle, you are doing your part to prevent accidents from happening. Knowing how to protect yourself while riding can make a world of difference in how being involved in a motorcycle accident can affect your life, family and future.
These safety guidelines can serve as an aid to ensure you are ready to ride safely and securely.
- Attend a motorcycle training course and obtain a valid state motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle license.
- Choose a motorcycle that ‘fits’ ? You should be able to place both feet on the ground when astride the motorcycle.
- Before hitting the road, practice driving the motorcycle. Experience is a plus!
- Do not ride in a car’s blind spot. Assume you are invisible to other drivers and practice defensive driving.
- Never ride without a helmet! Wearing a motorcycle helmet is the single most critical factor in preventing and reducing the risk of head trauma. Motorcyclists who wear helmets report significantly lower incidents of head and neck trauma. Motorcycle helmets can also reduce the severity of injuries in general.
- Wear eye protection to ensure good vision while riding. Wind, dirt, rocks and other debris can all affect your vision.
- Wear heavy boots, jackets, pants and gloves made from durable materials such as synthetic fibers or leather. This protective gear can greatly reduce abrasions, lacerations and other injuries that may be sustained in a motorcycle accident.
- Choose highly visible colors like yellow, orange or bright red to make yourself more visible to other motorists.
- Use signals and headlights day and night.
- Never drive or ride under the influence of any drugs, alcohol or any other substance that may slow your reaction time, affect your judgment or hinder your ability to operate a motor vehicle, especially a motorcycle.
- Always treat other motorists with courtesy and respect.
- BE SAFE
At Hardison & Cochran, our motorcycle accident attorneys and staff are committed to assisting motorcycle drivers, passengers and their families cope with the consequences resulting from motor vehicle accidents. We are also committed to your safety.
Prevention is key but protection is vital.