Motorcycles are far more common on roads in Tennessee and across the U.S. during the warmer spring, summer and fall months. Unfortunately, this also means there is an increased number of motorcycle accidents during these seasons. For riders, they have little to no protection from the impact forces caused by a collision with other motorists or objects. Motorcycle accidents are far more likely to result in fatalities or life-altering catastrophic injuries.
At The Law Office of Stanley A. Davis, we are committed to helping the community and Tennessee riders by sharing information that may improve road safety. The following safety tips may help reduce your risk of a motorcycle accident or injuries caused by a crash.
1) WEAR A HELMET AND OTHER SAFETY GEAR
Helmets, jackets and other safety gear can help reduce the risk of a serious or fatal injury during a crash. While helmets cannot prevent concussions and certain other closed-head injuries, they can offer an extra layer of protection that reduces the risk of death. In addition, helmets can help reduce the risk of suffering major facial injuries.
Jackets, but not just any type of jacket, can prevent the risk of road rash and damage to other parts of the body. Fashion should be the last thing on your mind when picking a jacket. Textile and leather jackets made for riding can help provide an extra layer of protection in the event of a crash. You could pick a jacket with impact-absorbing materials and an acceptable CE safety rating.
There are also leggings for riders that offer extra protection. Like motorcycle jackets, leggings with impact-absorbing materials can help reduce the risk of serious injuries during a crash. You can also check out boots and gloves made specifically for safely riding motorcycles.
If you have the money to afford one, a riding suit may also be another option you can consider. Riding suits may cover most of your body and have impact-absorbing materials that help reduce damage to your body during a crash.
2) MAINTAIN YOUR MOTORCYCLE
You should maintain the various parts on your motorcycle like you would with any other vehicle. Headlights, tires, taillights, signals, fluid levels, mirrors and the clutch and throttle must be working properly. If parts of your motorcycle are in poor condition, then you are increasing the risk of a motorcycle accident.
Some riders may be able to perform maintenance on their own due to their experience with motorcycles. After all, for many in the motorcycle community, riding is a passion and a hobby. If you are inexperienced with motorcycles, then it is strongly recommended to use a professional mechanic.
3) CONSIDER TAKING MOTORCYCLE SAFETY COURSES
Beginners and experienced riders can benefit from taking motorcycle safety courses. Depending on the organization you use, there are various courses based on the rider’s skill level.
The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security offers rider safety courses. There are various training programs for different riding skill levels. Additional groups may offer courses, but make sure they are reputable programs. Your life is at stake, and it is important to practice with instructors who can help teach you skills that may one day save your life.
Motorcycle safety courses teach you how to ride defensively and with confidence. According to the Department of Safety & Homeland Security’s website, some motorcycle manufacturers will reimburse you for the cost of attending the program. This is a possible benefit you may want to ask your dealership about.
4) FOLLOW TRAFFIC RULES AND RIDE DEFENSIVELY
A good rule of thumb is to assume that other motorists cannot see you and may not yield. In fact, many motorcycle accidents occur when a motorist violates a rider’s right-of-way. Poor lighting and inclement weather conditions increase this risk. Be sure to always signal well ahead of time before turning, and never ride without your lights on. It is also important to stay out of the blind spots of other motorists.
You should follow Tennessee state and local driving and riding laws. Never ride under the influence or while distracted.
5) WATCH FOR HAZARDS
Not only should you pay full attention to the road and your surroundings, you should be on the lookout for other possible hazards. Certain weather conditions can increase the risk of an accident. Construction zones are also dangerous for riders. Always look ahead for objects in the road, such as roadkill, tires or other debris. Bumps and potholes are also dangerous because they can cause you to lose control of your bike.
ABOUT OUR NASHVILLE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER
Attorney Stanley A. Davis is an experienced auto accident attorney who serves clients in Nashville and the surrounding areas. If you have questions about what to do after a motorcycle accident, then we encourage you to call us for a free consultation. You may dial (615) 866-3938 or use our online case review form.