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Motorcycle Safety Tips

After you purchase the motorcycle of your dreams and are about to hit the road with your new ride, you will want to make sure you are taking the necessary safety precautions when riding your new bike. Too often we see accidents involving a motorcycle being disastrous. Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can provide you with the attorney you need when dealing with an unfortunate motorcycle accident. We want to help you prevent getting in an accident so we provided you with safety tips to follow while enjoying your motorcycle. 

 

Buy a Bike you can handle

There are a variety of makes and models of bikes that are made today. Each one differs in size, speed, and performance. When shopping for a bike start with one that fits you properly. While seated on the bike all the controls should be within your reach and your feet should be flat on the ground. The smaller the engine, such as a 250cc or 300cc, are a lot easier to control and aren’t as powerful as an engine that is 500cc or 700cc. Do some research on the type of engine that will suit your needs. 

 

Practice

Riding a bike takes time and practice to perfect. It is wise to take a motorcycle riding course to teach you the fundamentals of safely riding your motorcycle. These classes will teach you advanced techniques, such as how to perform evasive emergency maneuvers. The cost ranges from free to about $350. An approved safety course may make you eligible for an insurance discount as well. 

 

Wear your Helmet

Riders without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries, than those with helmets, according to government studies. Purchasing a full face helmet is the best way to go when it comes to your safety. Helmets are light, easy to use, and come in a variety of styles. They are made for your comfort and safety. Make sure to inspect your helmet often because helmets do deteriorate over time. 

 

Be Defensive

Riding a motorcycle will put you in situations that will need your attention. Drivers of cars and large trucks often have a hard time seeing individuals on motorcycles. You will need to practice defensive driving and always be alert to what is going on around you in order to protect yourself and others from being involved in an accident. Keeping a safe distance away from cars and keep an eye out for obstacles in the road. 

 

Avoid Bad Weather

Being on a bike opens you up to the possibly of being effected by hazardous weather. Your bike is not as safe and secure on the road during harsh weather conditions as a car is.  If you need to drive in the rain, remember that the roads are most slick right after the storm begins. Just like in a car, you will want to be touchy with the brakes and gas, making sure not to use either of them aggressively causing you to lose traction on the road in wet weather. 

 

By taking the necessary precautions when riding your bike, you can reduce your chances of being in an unfortunate accident. Robinson, Seiler & Anderson are your local Provo attorneys that can help you with personal injury cases such as motorcycle accidents. For more information on how we can help you with your personal injury claim, call us today. 

 

 

ACCIDENT RENEWS DEBATE OVER MOTORCYCLE HELMET USE

Utah residents know the risks motorcycles pose. Recently a 46-year-old motorcyclist from Brigham City was killed. He crashed after hitting a discarded mattress on I-15.

According to the Utah Safety Office, the accident is the 8th motorcycle accident in Utah this year. Last year during the same period there were only five.

The driver in this particular case was not wearing a helmet. Debates over motorcycle helmet laws are common in Utah, and this case has brought renewed interest to the issue. Current law in Utah does not mandate use of a helmet.

Data and Arguments

Part of the problem is the data is evenly split on both sides of the issue. Additionally, both sides of the debate have valid arguments.

Four out of the eight riders in the Utah fatalities this year were wearing helmets. Last year, three out of the five riders were wearing helmets, reflecting an even split for both years.

Those against helmet use say helmets make it difficult to see and hear. They also claim they are more fatigued when wearing a helmet and adults over the age of 18 should be able to choose whether or not they wish to wear a helmet. They feel better motorcycle safety education is needed, not a mandatory helmet law.

However, advocates for helmet usage say that motorcycles are not as safe as cars or trucks and point out death from wearing a helmet rarely, if ever, occurs. They also claim that no matter how careful riders are, they cannot prevent a car suddenly pulling out in front of them. A helmet would protect them in this situation.

Tips for Safe Motorcycle Riding

There are many safety tips motorcyclists should keep in mind. First, all motorcyclists should enroll in a motorcycle training course. This will help them learn the skills to safely operate a motorcycle.

Motorcyclists must also remain visible to other vehicles at all times and try to stay out of the blind spots of other vehicles. This is especially important at intersections, where a majority of motorcycle accidents occur.

Additionally, motorcyclists must anticipate what drivers of other vehicles may do. Drivers may make sudden turns or back their vehicles out of driveways without seeing the motorcyclist.

Finally, it is important for motorcyclists to be extra cautions when driving in poor weather conditions and avoid the use of alcohol when riding. Approximately half of all fatal single vehicle motorcycle crashes involve alcohol.

An individual injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide knowledge and guidance as well as assist with obtaining any available compensation.

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